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G-A comprehensive plan on schedule

March 06, 2009|By KATE S. ALEXANDER

GREENCASTLE, Pa. -- The Greencastle-Antrim Joint Comprehensive Plan might be on hold, but it is not off schedule, the plan's consultant said Wednesday.

Project manager Frank Chlebnikow, of Rettew in Camp Hill, Pa., said the reorganization of Antrim Township slowed the project in August 2008, but the first draft was already available for review in May.

Comprehensive plans can take as long as 24 months to draft and six months to review, especially those as large as the joint plan for Borough of Greencastle, Antrim Township and the Greencastle-Antrim School District, Chlebnikow said.

"You can't just review a comprehensive plan in a month," he said. "That is where we are. We are waiting for Antrim's new staff to review the plan."

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Chlebnikow said the joint comprehensive plan is a tool to guide future growth, plan infrastructure and study growth's impact on environmental areas.

Antrim Township Zoning and Code Enforcement Officer Sylvia House said Rettew gave Antrim Township four copies of the predraft plan in May 2008.

Rettew held monthly meetings throughout 2007 with the Joint Comprehensive Plan Committee and the public to put together the first draft, Chlebnikow said.

Since Angie Garland resigned as zoning and code enforcement officer in August, House said other priorities have taken up her time, pushing the plan to the back burner.

"I have not read the plan yet," she said. "I don't really have time to read it at work unless I hole myself up and say 'no calls please,' which I think I will have to just do."

The only thing keeping the plan from going forward now is getting the new staff up to speed on the plan, Chlebnikow said.

Former Antrim Township Manager Ben Thomas said it was his goal as manager to have the plan approved by the end of 2008.

Everything was on track until the township reorganized in August, Thomas said.

House said she did not know what happened to the other three copies of the predraft plan.

Garland said she passed the copies on to the Borough of Greencastle and the School District for review.

Greencastle Borough Manager Ken Womack said the borough has looked over the first draft of the plan and will wait for Antrim to get up to speed.

Antrim Township Supervisor Curtis Myers said the Antrim Township Board of Supervisors feels the plan is taking too long to complete.

Myers said the board was told two years ago the plan was almost done.

Chlebnikow said Rettew only began working on the project in early 2007.

The plan could be finished and approved as early as the end of this year, House said.

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