Elizabeth Township may join regional comprehensive plan

By on March 1, 2012

By: MELINDA ELMER Record Express Correspondent, Staff Writer

An invitation has been extended to Elizabeth Township to join the Regional Comprehensive Plan. A comprehensive plan is designed to guide planning and development in the area. Lititz Borough and Warwick Township expect to complete an update of their Plans in 2012.

Supervisors discussed the pros and cons of Elizabeth Township’s participation in the local area plan at their regular meeting Feb.13.

Elizabeth Township’s Plan should be updated as it is almost ten years old. By participating in the Regional Plan, the township will split costs with the other municipalities and increase its chances of receiving grant funds for various projects.

On the other hand, by sharing in joint meeting, Elizabeth Township representatives might be spending a lot of time on issues that don’t pertain to the township. Also, shared permitted land uses would be considered in individual zoning ordinances.

Members of the Elizabeth Township Planning Commission (ETPC) attended a Lititz/Warwick Joint Strategic Comprehensive Plan meeting in January. The ETPC is in favor of participating in the joint plan update. ETPC Chairman Bob Navitski is willing to attend the joint meetings to represent Elizabeth Township.

Township Supervisor Chairman Brian Wiker and Secretary Rodney May commented that the joint approach is fiscally sensible. All three supervisors voted to participate in the Joint Plan Update.

In other inter-municipal business, Elizabeth Township decided to send a representative to the area Economic Development Committee meetings. The representative, yet to be determined, could be someone from the local business community, not necessarily a township supervisor. The primary focus of the committee will be regional economic development; a planning committee is being established at this time. Few operational expenses are anticipated.

In the park, the new pavilion is in place. Roofing and plumbing will be completed in the near future. The bathroom facility should arrive in six to eight weeks. Lawn care proposals are being prepared to solicit bids.

Other business

? New road shoulder markings were approved for the intersection of Route 501 and Brubaker Valley Road. Drivers should be aware of the coming changes.

? The Brickerville Fire Company responded to 12 fire calls, 35 ambulance calls and 11 fire police incidents in January. The totals for 2011 are 147 fire calls, 442 ambulance calls and 154 fire police calls.

? The Zoning officer issued four permits in January for work valued at $103,573.

? The Sewage Enforcement officer issued no permits and conducted no tests in January.

? The Lititz ReCenter’s summer playground program will be held two mornings and one evening a week this year. More information will be available closer to the start date.

? The monthly collection of recyclables will be on March 3, from 8 a.m. until noon at the municipal building on South View Drive.

? The Planning Commission will meet on March 7 at 7 p.m.

? The Spring Road Inspection tour will be on March 10, at 7:30 a.m.

? The Board of Supervisors will meet on March 12, at 7 p.m. at the municipal building at 423 South View Drive, Brickerville.

Community events

? Penryn Fire Company will hold its annual Mud Sale on March 17.

? The Baron Stiegel Lions Club Easter Egg Hunt will be on April 7, at 1 p.m. in the Brickerville United Lutheran Church picnic grove along Route 322.

? The Tour de Lititz Road Race will run through Elizabeth Township on April 28, from approximately 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

? The Penn Township/Pleasant View Retirement Village Community Day will be on May 5, from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m..

? Penryn Fire Company’s Tour of Penryn celebration will be on June 16, from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m..

? The Third Annual Rec Alliance Bike Ride will be on June 24.

? Penryn Fire Company’s Parade will be on Sept. 15. More ELIZABETH TWP, page A16

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