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Growing Together


The development and adoption of GROWING TOGETHER: A Comprehensive Plan for Central Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, was the LIMC's most ambitious undertaking to date. It is a regional plan for eleven municipalities that are members of the Lancaster Inter-Municipal Committee (LIMC). The municipalities are Lancaster City, the boroughs of East Petersburg, Millersville, and Mountville, and the townships of East Hempfield, East Lampeter, Lancaster, Manheim, Manor, West Hempfield, and West Lampeter. The plan was the first of its kind in Pennsylvania, in that no other comprehensive plan in the state has been a cooperative effort of so many municipalities in the core of a metropolitan area.

The LIMC made the decision to develop a regional comprehensive plan in 2001. A long process followed during which the LIMC, its member municipalities, the Lancaster County Planning Commission (LCPC), a steering committee with municipal and LCPC representatives, consultants, and the general public all had important roles. The plan was completed and eleven municipalities adopted it in 2007. See the accompanying list of steps in the Growing Together project history.


The Growing Together plan includes approximately 300 pages, with chapters on background information, goals and objectives, and topics such as land use, transportation, housing, parks and open space, natural resource protection, and implementation. Much of the plan is structured around 18 major goals, 115 more detailed objectives, and nearly 300 strategies for accomplishing those objectives. The entire Growing Together document can be viewed here.

A copy of Growing Together may be purchased by sending a check for $40, payable to the Lancaster Inter-Municipal Committee, to the LIMC at 150 N. Queen Street, Suite 317, Lancaster, PA 17603. The purchaser will receive the 300+ pages of Growing Together, punched for a standard three-ring binder, by mail.

An electronic copy of Growing Together is also available for $8. The electronic copy is in pdf format.

A Growing Together summary flier provides highlights of the plan. It may be viewed here. Single copies may be obtained by sending $1 to the LIMC. For larger quantities, please call the LIMC office at 717-397-7507.


Growing Together has received three notable awards:

  • Pennsylvania Planning Association's 2007 Daniel Burnham Award for a Comprehensive Plan
  • 2008 Governor's Award for Local Government Excellence in the category of Innovative Planning and Sound Land Use Practices
  • Envision Lancaster County 2007 Smart Growth Leadership Award

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