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Harrisburg seeking public input on comprehensive plan update

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Public participation in a comprehensive planning process for Harrisburg will kick off with a meeting Oct. 16 at Harrisburg High School, according to a news release from the mayor's office.

Earlier this year, the city hired Mullin & Lonergan Associates Inc., a planning and community development consulting firm, to begin the process of updating the 40-year-old comp plan.

Related to that are housing and economic development strategies.

The planning process is expected to take about 18 months. Updating the comp plan and developing a housing strategy are part of the city’s court-approved recovery plan. The economic development element will be supported by the Harrisburg Regional Chamber and Capital Region Economic Development Corp.

Mayor Linda Thompson’s office said more than 20 citywide or neighborhood public meetings are planned during this process.

The Oct. 16 meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the auditorium. City officials and the consultant will present information on the major issues that need to be addressed and lay out the timeline. A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation.

“At the end of this process, the city will have a comprehensive, neighborhood-based development plan to assist future administrations in the full economic, social and cultural recovery of the city of Harrisburg,” Thompson said.

A new mayor will be elected next month. Business owner Eric Papenfuse and city Controller Dan Miller are the primary candidates in the race.


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