HAGERSTOWN - Hagerstown officials plan to hold a public hearing in January to unveil the city's comprehensive plan, a document that will provide the framework for local development over the next 20 years.
City Planning Director Kathleen Maher said Monday the main concern for the future is to maintain adequate sewer services to accommodate population growth. From 1950 to 2000, for example, the city experienced a 1 percent growth in population. It has quadrupled since then, she said.
Maher said she worked with City Councilman Martin Brubaker, Hagerstown Planning Commission Chairman Douglas S. Wright Jr. and other officials from the city and county to prepare the plan.
The comprehensive plan was designed, in part, as a proactive measure to ensure the city would have the proper infrastructure in place to maintain a high quality of life for residents as growth occurs, Brubaker said.