Borough, township receive grant to develop comprehensive plan

May 04, 2006|by JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The Borough of Waynesboro and surrounding Washington Township have been awarded $36,200 to develop a joint comprehensive plan to address "housing, transportation, recreation ... a multitude of things," Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger said Wednesday.

The grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development will provide for the hiring of a consultant this summer to work with the two planning commissions, he said.

"It's a comprehensive review of the planning process in both municipalities. We're going to look at a multitude of things," Hamberger said.

Each of the two municipalities currently maintains its own comprehensive plan. The borough's plan was updated in the late 1980s or early 1990s, and the township's has been done since then, he said.


Comprehensive plans should be updated every 10 to 12 years, Hamberger said.

The township and borough both recently received a request from developer Ronnie Martin to abandon some property near Northside Pool. Following a debate whether the property was actually in the borough or township, the request fell into the hands of the Waynesboro Borough Council, which on Wednesday authorized its solicitor to proceed with legal work needed to abandon that alley and an extension of Grandview Avenue.

"There is going to be a proposed land development on that later on," Director of Borough Engineering Kevin Grubbs said.

Martin also requested the council rezone the property at 405 N. Grant St. from medium-density residential to commercial and asked to lease some borough property to the rear of that site. Both requests received favorable remarks from the council.

The council learned of a new certification obtained by health inspector Kay Barkdoll, who will soon begin doing restaurant inspections, Hamberger said. Barkdoll was hired several months ago.

"The main job is inspection of eating establishments," Hamberger said. "She also inspects tattoo parlors."

The health inspector generally works 10 to 15 hours a month, he said.

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