Franklin Co. leaders working to update comprehensive plan

July 26, 2011|By JENNIFER FITCH |

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Franklin County, Pa., government leaders are creating a comprehensive blueprint to guide land-use decisions over the next decade.

In Pennsylvania, municipal boards make most decisions about growth and development.

Sherri Clayton from the Franklin County Planning Department said the comprehensive plan is a resource for those municipal boards.

"It's an overall framework to help them guide growth and development," she said.

The comprehensive plan addresses topics like revitalization of downtowns, transportation, bike and pedestrian trails, regional decision-making, infrastructure and economic development.

A committee is working with consultant Environmental Planning and Design of Pittsburgh. They first met last November to update the comprehensive plan from 1999.

Pennsylvania's Municipal Planning Code requires updates every 10 years, but Franklin County's effort is occurring outside that schedule.

Recent workshops allowed attendees to provide thoughts on goals and objectives. Clayton said residents should participate in the plan's formation to share their vision for the future.

"We'll be having more public meetings and seeking more input before sending it to the commissioners" for approval, she said.

Comments thus far support preserving natural and agricultural resources, which Clayton said are similar sentiments to what was included in the 1999 plan.

"People are moving to the area because they like the rural type of life," Clayton said.

For more information on the comprehensive plan process, call 717-261-3855 or visit

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