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Lancaster Twp. refines Oct. 3 open house plans

LANCASTER TWP — Lancaster Township residents will get their say on the future of their township, officials said at a comprehensive plan committee Monday night.

An open house is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3, at Lancaster Township Municipal Building, 113 Kings Alley. A comprehensive plan is a document describing a municipality’s goals over the next 10 years.

The organization of the Oct. 3 meeting could include setting up board committees or surveys that consider a broad range of ideas.

“We need to decide first ‘What it is you want in a community?’” said Robert Brennan, a member of the comprehensive plan committee. “What’s the public really asking for?

“Is it too far to drive to the grocery store down in Jackson? Do they want a grocery store closer? Those are the kinds of questions that we need to start getting a handle on before we can generate any real kind of plan.“

As an example, Bernnan said, people also may want parks, walking trails or basketball courts.

Township manager Michael Foote, speaking at the meeting, said it was all right if the planning process takes longer than expected.

“My original goal was for completion at the end of the year,” he said. “It’s become apparent, with different meetings that we’ve had ... that that’s not a realistic timeline.

“So that timeline is going to be extended out, and that’s probably going to mean 2023.”

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