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Joint plan moves closer to completion

April 17, 2009|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- Surveys, background information, and comments from municipal officials were incorporated into a 200-page municipal planning document that is close to being finalized after two years.

"We established a vision for the region based on those things," said Glenn Neuhs, a consultant who worked on the project for Waynesboro borough and surrounding Washington Township, Pa.

On Thursday, he did a final presentation of land use maps, designated community enhancements, planned roads, and ideas for walking and biking trails. Nine people were in the audience, but only Franklin County Commissioner Bob Thomas offered comments related to the joint comprehensive plan.

"You're taking the lead in this part of the county, and I suspect others will follow," he said when praising those who worked on the plan.

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The comprehensive plan takes into account several areas of interest, including historic preservation, recreation plans, transportation maps and downtown revitalization. Borough Manager Lloyd Hamberger and Township Manager Mike Christopher described the document as "a roadmap for the future."

Neuhs, of Reading, Pa., engineering firm Spotts, Stevens and McCoy, said a major concern in the process was linking the borough and township.

"Our work is just beginning. There are some good ideas in (the plan) to mold the area," Christopher said.

"We're one community," he added.

Township supervisors and borough council members made several minor revisions to the plan on Thursday. Both boards will be asked to approve the plan by resolution soon, then submit it to the state.

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