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Meeting set on comprehensive plan for Waynesboro, Washington Twp.

September 18, 2008|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- The public is invited to comment on a complete draft of the new joint comprehensive plan for the Borough of Waynesboro and Washington Township.

A meeting to gather public input will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Waynesboro Borough Hall at 57 E. Main St.

The plan covers many aspects of land use and economic development as well as historic preservation, natural resources, transportation and community facilities. Municipal officials have described it as a "road map" for decision-making in coming years.

"The comprehensive plan serves as the bedrock for all future municipal planning," Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger said.

Craig Newcomer, president of the Waynesboro Borough Council, asked that residents and businesspeople comment on the plan as soon as possible. Otherwise, changes or additions could be difficult to make when the plan is finalized.

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"They may have a very good idea that needs to be incorporated into the plan. If they wait until later, (the consultants) might not have time for full evaluation," Township Manager Mike Christopher said.

He described the joint comprehensive plan as a guide for a number of things, including parks and walkways that might need to be improved. Also, the plan addresses protecting historic structures identified by the Waynesboro and Washington Township planning commissions.

"Comprehensive planning is important because it takes a look at the big picture and tries to incorporate transportation, sewer and water, and growth potential all in one document," Christopher said.

"The comprehensive plan serves as a foundation for the community's future growth and the development of the zoning ordinance and land-use ordinance," Hamberger said.




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Copies of the plan are available at both borough hall and the Washington Township municipal office on South Welty Road. Also, the plan has been posted at www.waynesboropa.org.

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