Proposed Official Map (3 pages) – as revised 1/25/17

Proposed adopting ordinance – as revised 2/6/17


Official Map Questions and Answers


NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

Notice is hereby given that the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Derry, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, will conduct a public hearing on Tuesday, May 9, 2017, at 6:00 p.m., in the meeting room of the Derry Township Municipal Complex, 600 Clearwater Road, Hershey, PA. The purpose of the hearing is to receive public comment regarding revisions to the proposed Township Official Map and the accompanying ordinance to add Chapter 126, entitled “Official Map”, to the Code of the Township of Derry, the purpose of which is implementing the goals and community vision set forth in the 2015 Township Comprehensive Plan and serving and promoting public safety, health, and the general welfare of the Township and its current and future residents; facilitating adequate provisions for public streets and related facilities; providing for recreational and open space needs of the Township; and protecting and enhancing natural and cultural resources for the Township.

The proposed Township Official Map and accompanying ordinance (as revised) may be viewed at the Derry Township Department of Community Development, 600 Clearwater Road, Hershey, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, or online at www.derrytownship.org under ‘Proposed Township Official Map.’  All interested parties are invited to attend and comment on this matter.  If you are unable to attend this public hearing, written comments will be accepted by the Township but must be received prior to the public hearing.  If there are any questions or comments, please contact Brandon Williams, Assistant Director of Community Development, at 717-533-2057, Opt. 2, or brandonwilliams@derrytownship.org.


BACKGROUND

The Derry Township Official Map project was started upon receiving a Regional Connections Grant from the Tri-County Planning Commission in 2015.  Official Maps are a planning tool authorized by Article IV of the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code (PA MPC).  Official Maps are a combined map and ordinance, and Derry Township’s Official Map will be one of the methods used to implement the goals and objectives set forth in the 2015 Comprehensive Plan.  The Official Map is specifically mentioned in the table of implementation strategies beginning on page 129 of the Comprehensive Plan (among other locations) as a tool the Township should utilize in order to convey to the public the intent to connect and expand the Township’s walking and biking trails; the intent to improve public streets, including any planned roadway improvements and extensions of the sidewalk network; and to identify the roadway and streetscape recommendations identified in the 2015 Hershey Downtown Plan.  The Comprehensive Plan also cites the Official Map as a tool to show property owners existing and proposed parks and open space reservations and flood control basins, floodways, floodplains, and stormwater management areas.

The Official Map is being provided in three parts as follows: 

Page 1 – The first page identifies transportation components, including the existing road network, proposed road extensions, and the existing and proposed trail network.  The transportation page also has the corresponding table of desired improvements which refers back to various plans and studies already completed, including the Walton Avenue Corridor Study, Route 322 Corridor Study, and the Hershey Downtown Plan. 

Page 2 – The second page shows the Township’s existing and future Parks and Open Space plans.  Existing and proposed trails have been added again, so the viewer can see the trail system as it relates to both the intended roadway improvements shown on Page 1, and the existing and proposed park and open spaces shown on Page 2. 

Page 3 – The last page shows existing floodplains and future flood control projects that have been identified in various other works conducted by the Township.   

If you have questions or comments related to the DRAFT Official Map, please email them to Brandon Williams at bwilliams@derrytownship.org (preferred), or contact him at 717-533-2057, Option 2.