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Waynesboro in talks to extend deadline for comprehensive plan

May 07, 2008|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- The process remaining before the Waynesboro area adopts a new comprehensive plan for the future involves at least two public meetings and a deadline extension of grant money.

The joint comprehensive plan will be designed to guide zoning, infrastructure and development decisions in the Borough of Waynesboro and surrounding Washington Township for the coming decades.

Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger said he has been in talks to seek an extension of the June 30 deadline associated with a $36,000 grant awarded from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development for the comprehensive plan.

Public comment will be sought in August and September for several areas of interest, including historic preservation, recreation plans, transportation maps and downtown revitalization.

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On Tuesday, planning commission members from both municipalities sat down with Spotts, Stevens & McCoy's contracted municipal planners. They talked about forming historic, recreation and environmental commissions to review plans that are submitted for new businesses and homes.

In addition to keeping inventories of treasured resources, those commissions could also be put in charge of determining how homes are developed around streams and saying what paint colors can be used downtown, according to a Spotts, Stevens & McCoy representative.

Hamberger cautioned that similar entities already sometimes overlap duties.

"We're going to be overrun with bureaucratic authorities," he said.

"I think there's something to be said for empowering (existing groups) as an authority," said Elena Kehoe, a member of the Washington Township Planning Commission.

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