Chambersburg comprehensive plan events: Community input for new plan sought

Chambersburg officials hope to gather community input for a new comprehensive plan for Chambersburg through public meetings in June, borough officials announced this week. The target date for completing the plan, dubbed Chambersburg Vision 2035, is next spring.

The strategic planning document will outline critical investments and initiatives for elected officials and Borough staff to implement over the next 10 years to improve the vitality and livability of the Borough.

A comprehensive plan, also known as a general plan, master plan or land use plan, is a Council-approved strategic planning document designed to guide the future actions of our local municipality. It also presents a vision for the future; with long-range goals and objectives for all activities that affect the local government. From time to time, municipalities update their plans. Chambersburg last adopted a Borough-wide plan in 2008, which is available on the Borough website.

“We are committed to improving the quality and overall economic vitality of the Borough of Chambersburg; and value the direction Chambersburg Vision 2035 will provide us as we invest in our future”, said Alice Elia, President of Town Council. “We encourage our residents and businesses to make their voices heard as we embark on this forward-thinking process.”

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An urban design workshop takes place June 15-16 from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily. The workshop will focus on re-imagining Downtown Chambersburg and the Grant Street corridor in the Borough with community input. Drop-in Community Listening Sessions take place June 22-24 at the following locations:

Tuesday, June 22

  • 9 a.m.-p.m., Recreation Center (drop-in)
  • 4-6 p.m., Wilson College in Brooks Auditorium (drop-in)

Wednesday, June 23

  • 11:30 a.m.1 p.m., Zoom Lunch Event (virtual)
  • 6-7:30 p.m., Zoom Evening Event  (virtual)

Thursday, June 24

  • 8:30-10:30 a.m., Keystone Health at 830 5th Avenue (drop-in)
  • 12-2 p.m., Chambersburg Area School District Administration Building (drop-in)
  • 3:30-5:30 p.m., Franklin Fire Hall (drop-in)

A complete listing of events is available online at this link or at thee Plan’s Facebook page.

Citizens can also complete an online Community Survey open through June at this link.

The borough along with a Municipal Assistance Grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development is finding the project. It began in January 2021 and will be complete by the spring of 2022. The Borough and a 16-member Citizens Advisory Committee oversees the project.

Comprehensive Plan recommendations will help inform the Borough’s capital planning and budgeting, land use policy development and infrastructure investments.

For more information on Chambersburg Vision 2035 and ways to provide input, please contact Guy Shaul, Community & Economic Development Specialist, at 717-251-2446 or at [email protected].

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