Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Comprehensive Plan and Why Do We Need One?
A comprehensive plan, or a joint comprehensive plan prepared by two or more municipalities, is a policy document to guide services, ordinances, and other decision-making in meeting the needs of citizens as a community. Since communities change over time—some grow in size, some grow in numbers—policies, ordinances, and services should periodically be reviewed.
State regulations require that a comprehensive plan include:
1) A statement of objectives concerning future development, including infill, redevelopment, and open space.
2) Plans to achieve those objectives through various policy and program components:
- land use, including residential, business, service institutions, agriculture, forestry, etc.
- community facilities and utilities, including water supply
- natural resources protection (to the extent not preempted by federal or state law)
- historic resource preservation
3) A statement of the interrelationships among the components.
4) Statements indicating that the plan is compatible with planning in neighboring municipalities and with the county.
5) Strategies to implement the plans over time.
Who is Preparing the Plan Update?
Hanover Borough and Penn Township have hired Gannett Fleming, Inc., and Urban Partners to prepare the joint comprehensive plan. The Borough and the Township have also appointed a Joint Steering Committee to provide input and feedback to the planning team as they prepare the draft joint plan. Once the joint plan is prepared, the Borough and Township Planning Commissions will review the plan, hold a public meeting, and make it available for public review. The Borough Council and the Township Board of Commissioners will take final comments at a public hearing, and ultimately intend to adopt the joint plan.
Does My Opinion Matter? Where Can My Voice Be Heard?
Yes, citizen participation is important to ensure that the plan directs change that will benefit citizens. Residents will see updates in their municipal newsletters, and press releases will precede each public meeting. Formal opportunities for input include:
- A Public Meeting on the draft joint plan in Spring 2014.
- A Public Hearing on the draft plan later in 2014.
In addition, if you have suggestions or questions about the Hanover Borough & Penn Township Joint Comprehensive Plan, contact your Steering Committee representative or click here to send your comment to the project manager, Michelle Brummer. Please include your address so that we know to which municipality your comment pertains. You may also reach Ms. Brummer by calling 717-763-7212, extension 2177.