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CHAMBERSBURG COUNCIL VOTES TO CHANGE DRAFT COMPREHENSIVE PLAN

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 12, 2022

Please be advised that on 7/11/2022, Town Council voted to make changes to the draft Comprehensive Plan, as reported by Jamia Wright, Borough Secretary. The plan can be viewed by clicking on the link below.

AUTHORIZATION TO DELETE REFERENCES TO "DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION" FROM THE BOROUGH'S DRAFT COMPREHENSIVE PLAN DOCUMENT AND TO RESCHEDULE THE PUBLIC HEARING ON THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN FROM MONDAY, 8/22/2022 TO MONDAY, 9/12/2022 TO ENSURE COMPLIANCE WITH THE 45-DAY PUBLIC REVIEW AND COMMENT PERIOD SCHEDULE, AS REQUIRED BY THE PENNSYLVANIA MUNICIPALITIES PLANNING CODE . . . On a motion by Council Member Brown, seconded by Council Member Huber, it was resolved, by the following roll call vote, to authorize keeping the draft Comprehensive Plan document in the format presented to Town Council on 6/27/2022, with changes as recommended by Council Member Newcomer, which is to make sure the plan reflects the current status projects contemplated for implementation in the future; and further, to change all references to EQUITY throughout the document to EQUALITY; and further, to remove entirely from the plan document Section 5, "Appendix A: Focus Group Findings"; and further, to schedule a public hearing of Town Council on the proposed adoption of the Comprehensive Plan for 9/12/2022.

Vice President Everly – yea Council Member Hensley – yea
Council Member Newcomer – yea Council Member Huber – yea
Council Member Waytow – absent Council Member Brown – yea
Council Member Leedy – yea Council Member Bigler – nay
Council Member Elia – nay President Coffman – yea


(7 in favor, 2 opposed, 1 absent; motion carried)

For example, changing all references to equity throughout the document to equality will change the Core Value of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI).

FROM:

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)

Chambersburg is committed to prioritizing DEI programs and policies to ensure the Borough not only celebrates its diversity, but also provides equal and inclusive access in its decision-making. Diversity recognizes the differences between the Borough’s citizens. Equity ensures that programs, policies, and actions are fair and impartial for every citizen. Inclusion makes certain that citizens feel a sense of belonging.

TO:

Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion (DEI)

Chambersburg is committed to prioritizing DEI programs and policies to ensure the Borough not only celebrates its diversity, but also provides equal and inclusive access in its decision-making. Diversity recognizes the differences between the Borough’s citizens. Equality ensures that programs, policies, and actions are fair and impartial for every citizen. Inclusion makes certain that citizens feel a sense of belonging.

In preparation for the Public Hearing on Monday, 9/12/2022, staff will work with Borough planning consultant, Michael Baker International, to make the changes to the plan document, as authorized by Town Council.

You are encouraged to participate in the Public Hearing, either in-person or virtually. The Public Hearing will be held during the regularly scheduled Town Council meeting on Monday, 9/12/2022. Council meets in Council Chambers in the Utility Departments Addition to Borough Hall, 100 S. Second St. A Zoom link will be provided closer to the meeting date.

In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact Phil Wolgemuth, Deputy Borough Manager, at 717-251-2436 or pwolgemuth@chambersburgpa.gov.