In 2007, the LIMC adopted Growing Together. This plan was ultimately adopted by the LIMC member municipalities and serves as a guidance document for growth within the region. Within the plan is a section titled "Park and Open Space." The document serves as a replacement of the 1993 Regional Park and Open Space Plan. The goal of the plan is a well-maintained, intermunicipal park system will be developed, with due regard for private property rights, and will include parks in all areas, clean facilities, and recreation along and in waterways, all connected by greenways for biking, walking, and non-motorized use.
In 2004 seven LIMC municipalities approved an agreement establishing a Central Lancaster County Uniform Construction Code Board of Appeals. This provided a single Board to hear appeals to decisions made under the Uniform Construction Code, rather than each municipality needing to appoint and maintain its own board of appeals made up of qualified professionals who are willing to serve as volunteers. The current regional Board of Appeals serves Columbia Borough, East Petersburg Borough, Manor Township, Millersville Borough, Mountville Borough, Strasburg Borough (non-LIMC member of the UCC BOA), West Hempfield Township, and West Lampeter Township.
Each municipality that is a party to the Board of Appeals agreement appoints a member to an Appointments Committee that, in turn, appoints the seven members of the Board of Appeals. The Chairperson of the Board of Appeals selects five of the seven members of the Board to hear a particular case. While it is required that each municipality have access to the services of a board of appeals, as of August 2012, the regional Board of Appeals had not needed to hear a single appeal. That is one reason that it's practical to have a regional board rather than each municipality appointing and maintaining its own.
History: In 1992 the Lancaster Inter-Municipal Committee began to encourage municipalities throughout Lancaster County to observe trick-or-treat Night on the same date. The LIMC recommended a policy that trick-or-treating be between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Halloween (October 31), except when Halloween falls on a Saturday or Sunday, in which case trick-or-treating should be on the prior Friday. The officials of each municipality decide whether to follow that policy, usually by passing a resolution. Twenty-three municipalities notified the LIMC that they would follow that policy and join in the uniform observance that first year. Participation has increased over the years. In several recent years, all sixty municipalities in Lancaster County have had trick-or-treating at the same time.
2022 Update: In 2019 and 2021, numerous LIMC and non-LIMC municipalities changed their date for trick-or-treat due to weather concerns. Other municipalities kept their original dates and times. This lead to county-wide confusion. At LIMC’s December 2021 and February 2022 meetings, this topic was discussed in detail.
On February 9, 2022, the following motion was made and passed: LIMC’s new trick-or-treat policy, effective February 9, 2022, shall be to establish the recommended trick-or-treat date and time as October 31, between 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm, rain or shine. As trick-or-treat is not governed by municipal law or ordinance, this is a recommendation only, and does not prohibit or prevent residents, organizations, and/or neighborhoods from conducting trick-or-treat activities on other dates or times.
Most municipalities in Lancaster County have adopted resolutions adopting the 1992 LIMC policy. LIMC recommends that these municipalities replace their existing resolutions with new resolutions.
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