I-83 Exit 26

The 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. 

In September, the municipal planning commissions held public meetings to introduce the Exit 26 Land Use Plan as an amendment to their municipal comprehensive plans. No action was taken; the meetings were intended to provide an overview to the public and provide an opportunity to receive questions. The meetings were held:

  • Conewago Township, 490 Copenhaffer Road, York, PA 17404
    Monday, September 27, 2021, at 7:00 p.m.
  • East Manchester Township, 5080 N Sherman St Ext., Mt. Wolf, PA 17347
    Tuesday, September 28, 2021, at 7:00 p.m.
  • Manchester Township, 3200 Farmtrail Road, York, PA 17406
    Wednesday, September 29, 2021, at 7:00 p.m.
  • Manchester Borough, 225 S. Main Street, Manchester, PA 17345
    Thursday, September 30, 2021, at 7:30 p.m. (rescheduled from September 6, 2021)

In October and November, the four municipal planning commissions voted to advance the amendment. Those planning commission meetings happened at:

  • Conewago Township, 490 Copenhaffer Road, York, PA 17404
    Monday, October 25, 2021, at 7:00 p.m.
  • Manchester Borough, 225 S. Main Street, Manchester, PA 17345
    Monday, October 4, 2021, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Manchester Township, 3200 Farmtrail Road, York, PA 17406
    Wednesday, November 17, 2021, at 7:00 p.m.
  • East Manchester Township, 5080 N Sherman St Ext., Mt. Wolf, PA 17347
    Tuesday, November 23, 2021, at 7:00 p.m.

A 45-day review period will begin in December and end in January 2022, 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 (Feb or March). 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 (Feb or March).

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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