, 2014

Lancaster planners set two comprehensive
plan chapters for public hearings

by Audrey Thomasson

LANCASTER—Planning commission members last week said they are ready to hold public hearings on proposed revisions to two more chapters in the county’s comprehensive plan.

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Hearings will be held February 15 on Chapter 3, dealing with the county’s potable water supply, and Chapter 5, covering public access to the water. Following the hearings, the commission may recommend the amended chapters to the board of supervisors.

Planners reviewed a number of potential changes in the two chapters’ 54 pages as part of a routine update of the plan. Most of the changes are minor and are based on available data from new studies, according to county planning and land use director Don Gill.

Three chapters of the plan have achieved final approval by the supervisors. Those chapters covered county history, suitability of land for development and shoreline protection.

Planners have two more chapters to review. They include Chapter 6, covering public infrastructure and services such as school buildings, roads, fire departments and rescue squads, and Chapter 7, dealing with land use and the economy.

State code requires that the comprehensive plan be reviewed every five years.

“We didn’t think it needed a big update so we didn’t hire outside help,” said Gill. “The plan is used as a general guide for future development of the county.”

The planning commission will meet at 7 p.m. in the board meeting room at the County Administration Building, 8311 Mary Ball Road in Lancaster.

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