Franklin County Comprehensive Plan Update Underway

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CHAMBERSBURG – The Franklin County Commissioners are calling upon residents to share their vision for the future of Franklin County as the county embarks on an update to its comprehensive plan.

A comprehensive plan is a strategic document designed to guide land use policy. Pennsylvania law requires counties to update their comprehensive plans every 10 years.

Franklin County’s new comprehensive plan, known as Imagine Franklin 2035, will identify and prioritize the county’s strategic goals and objectives and will serve as a blueprint for the county to address opportunities and build upon existing community assets in the years to come.

The Franklin County Planning Department is leading the planning process and will be engaging with the public by hosting information tables at a variety of community events and other popular spots across the county over the next few months.

In this way, Franklin County residents will have the opportunity to offer their input and thoughts on a variety of topics, including transportation, housing, agricultural preservation and other land use issues.

Residents will also have the opportunity to participate in formal public meetings and through an online survey, planned for later this year. Additional information will be available on the Imagine Franklin 2035 website, compplan.franklincountypa.gov.

“As Franklin County continues to grow and evolve, it’s important to look to the future and to have thoughtful, strategic plans in place to accommodate the needs of our communities and residents not just in the near future but over the next 10 years and beyond,” said Franklin County Commissioner Dave Keller. “The comprehensive plan process really allows all of us – county leaders, residents, business owners and other stakeholders – to share our ideas on what we want for the future of Franklin County and how we can achieve those goals.”

The comprehensive plan, funded in part by a Pa. Department of Community and Economic Development grant, began in April and will be complete by the summer of 2023. For more information on Image Franklin 2035 and ways to provide input, visit compplan.franklincountypa.gov or contact the Franklin County Planning Department at 717-261-3855 or compplan@franklincountypa.gov.