Making an impact Comprehensive plan for region’s future ready for adoption

By on January 30, 2013

By: BRITTANY SMITH Special to the Record Express, Staff Writer

After eight months of hard work, the regional comprehensive plan, IMPACT 2017, is in its final stage.

The committee, with more than 50 members, began meeting in May 2012 in a joint effort to update the outdated 2006 plan. Monthly meetings focused on different community issues ranging from transportation to sustainability and affordable housing. This month, the planning commissions from Lititz Borough, Warwick and Elizabeth townships have been reviewing the plan draft for its upcoming adoption in April.

The comprehensive plan is the community’s guide for the next five to 10 years. It provides an action plan for projects, based on a vision shaped by the community’s needs and wants for the future. Each municipality brings strengths to the table. By working together and being creative with their combined resources, much can be accomplished. Updating relevant maps like farmland preservation, traffic volumes and future land use are important in planning ahead for new projects and improvements.

More than 70 percent of the objectives and goals from the 2006 plan have been accomplished. In this update, new goals have been explored, and many of the initiatives started in the last plan are being continued and improved upon in IMPACT 2017.

One section of the comprehensive plan includes increased community outreach and education. With technology and social media, there are great ways to stay updated with the region. During this process, a Facebook page for IMPACT 2017 was created to keep residents and committee members updated with documents and relevant information.

Warwick Township also has a Facebook page where residents can receive updates about meetings, pictures of what the township has been doing, information on construction, or emergency weather alerts. As well, Northern Lancaster County Regional Police Department (NLCRPD) has just set up their Facebook page. "Like" and follow all these pages for up-to-date information.

Those wishing to review some of the other initiatives listed in the comprehensive plan can view a draft of IMPACT 2017 on the municipal website, warwicktownship.org. Look for the IMPACT 2017 logo.

There will be a final committee meeting to go over the comprehensive plan on Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. at Warwick Township. The committee will be reviewing the final version of the draft, prioritizing the strategies expressed in the plan. Following adoption, the plan will be implemented by three sub-committees — the Coordinating Committee, Built & Natural Infrastructure Committee, and Housing and Economic Development Committee. The members of the current sub-committees will continue to meet quarterly beginning in April to tackle goals laid out for IMPACT 2017.

Those interested in serving on one of these committees should contact Brittany Smith at bsmith@warwicktownship.org.

Brittany Smith is a local government intern for Warwick Township. More IMPACT, page A7

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