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Comp plan unveiling starts sequence toward final approval in October

(Source: City of Lancaster)

The audience attending Wednesday’s unveiling of Lancaster’s draft comprehensive plan at the Ware Center and online won’t see the full plan document: It’s not yet finalized. Rather, city staff will present drafts of the proposed land-use maps and policies.

That will kick off the last phase of plan development, which culminates with its official adoption.

Here’s the timeline, as provided by the Department of Community Planning & Economic Development

  • Wednesday, May 24: Public presentation of draft materials;
  • Thursday, May 25: All materials posted at;
  • Saturday, July 1: Deadline to publish the comprehensive plan’s final draft;
  • July and August
    • CPED staff meetings with individual City Council members;
    • Planning Commission meetings: Open for public attendance and comment; opportunity to make final plan adjustments;
  • Friday, Sept. 1: Deadline to publish final plan documents;
  • September and October
    • 45-day window for comment by external stakeholders, including the Lancaster County Planning Commission and the School District of Lancaster;
  • Monday, Oct. 2: Completed plan introduced at City Council committee meeting;
  • Tuesday, Oct. 24: City Council votes to formally adopt Lancaster’s new comprehensive plan.