I-83 Exit 26

October 25The Final Draft I-83 Exit 26 Land Use Plan is available for public review and comment.  See links in the left sidebar or visit one of the four municipal offices listed below to review a hard copy. Contact Project Manager, Michelle Brummer, at mbrummer@gfnet.com, with comments or to be added to the list for notifications.

Background

The I-83 Master Plan recommended a new interchange — Exit 26 at SR 921/Canal Road —to alleviate area congestion and improve traffic flow at Exit 24 to the south (SR 238/Church Road, Emigsville) and Exit 28 to the north (SR 297/North Susquehanna Trail, Strinestown). The proposed interchange is under review by PennDOT and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).

In February 2021, the York Area Metropolitan Planning Organization adopted a Project Prioritization List based on the I-83 Exit 24-28 Master Plan. The project list has two scenarios: I-83 Exit 26 approved and Exit 26 not approved. The list also identifies projects that can start before the two-year review and determination process and other projects listed in the master plan that should not advance for various reasons.

If Exit 26 is approved by PennDOT and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the new interchange will take several years to fund and build. Meanwhile, development pressure in the vicinity of future Exit 26 will likely intensify. 

THE I-83 EXIT 26 LAND USE PLAN

The four municipalities adjacent to the Exit 26 impact area—Conewago, East Manchester, and Manchester townships and Manchester Borough—have proactively prepared a land use scenario plan for 2050, the approximate horizon year for interchange completion plus an initial 20-year period of operation. The impact area includes parcels within a five-minute drive of the proposed interchange, as well as adjacent areas identified by a steering committee. 

The plan recommends land use revisions in Conewago and Manchester townships only. It also recommends continued coordination among the four municipalities regarding ongoing development under current zoning, multimodal transportation improvements to improve safety and modal choices for current and future area residents and workers, and infrastructure and community service expansion to serve this growing area. 

The land use plan recommends municipal zoning updates to implement when and if Exit 26 is approved and funded, and after the project passes the environmental clearance stage. Rezoning sooner would be undesirable—it would allow development to occur prematurely, which would result in traffic congestion and safety concerns on roadways not yet improved to handle the increased traffic volumes. 

The Final Draft I-83 Exit 26 Land Use Plan is available for review in the left sidebar or at any of the four municipal offices listed below.

THE PLAN REVIEW AND ADOPTION PROCESS

The four municipalities intend to adopt the I-83 Exit 26 Land Use Plan as an amendment to each of their comprehensive plans, presenting a land use policy that is ready to implement when and if Exit 26 is approved. If FHWA does not approve the new interchange or if sufficient funding is not committed for design and construction, then the plan amendments would not have any effect on zoning. 

Each municipal planning commission will hold a public meeting to receive public comments before making a recommendation on plan adoption to their respective Board of Supervisors or Bourgh Council. The public is invited to attend and make comments.

The public meetings will be held during the regularly scheduled Planning Commission meetings as follows:

  • Conewago Township, 490 Copenhaffer Road, York, PA 17404
    Monday, October 25, 2021, at 7:00 p.m.
  • East Manchester Township, 5080 N Sherman St Ext., Mt. Wolf, PA 17347    
    Tuesday, October 26, 2021, at 7:00 p.m.
  • Manchester Township, 3200 Farmtrail Road, York, PA 17406    
    Tuesday, October 12, 2021, at 7:00 p.m.
  • Manchester Borough, 225 S. Main Street, Manchester, PA 17345
    Monday, November 1, 2021, at 7:30 p.m. (rescheduled from September 6, 2021)

A minimum 45-day review period will follow in November and December 2021, allowing additional time for citizens and stakeholders to submit written comments. The planning team will provide a compiled list of all comments to the governing bodies for their consideration in making final revisions or adopting the plan. 

The Township Boards of Supervisors and Borough Council will each hold a public hearing on the proposed adoption of the I-83 Exit 26 Land Use Plan in early 2022. Detailed information will be posted here after dates and times are confirmed. The public is invited to attend and make comments. 

The Township Boards and Borough Council anticipate formal adoption during the first quarter of 2022.

A CITIZEN’S ROLE IN THE PROCESS 

  • Review the Final Draft I-83 Exit 26 Land Use Plan, project maps and other documents. See links in the left sidebar or visit one of the four municipal offices to review a hard copy.
  • E-mail your comments on the draft Land Use Plan to Project Manager Michelle Brummer at mbrummer@gfnet.com.
  • Share this website with your neighbors and check back for municipal public hearing dates later this year. 


This site is hosted by the York County Planning Commission, the administrators for the York Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, which is leading this multi-municipal study.

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