The Board of Supervisors conducted a public hearing on September 27, 2016, in the meeting room of the Derry Township Municipal Complex, 600 Clearwater Road, Hershey. The purpose of the hearing was to receive public comment regarding 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 Board continued the public hearing to allow the opportunity for further public comment. The date and time of the continued hearing will be posted as soon as this information is available.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org (preferred), or contact him at 717-533-2057, Option 2.