Author: Justin Evans

Regional Comprehensive Plan Update

With the help of the Lancaster County Planning Department (LCPD), Mount Joy Township is updating its Comprehensive Plan through a regional planning effort. The 2010 Regional Strategic Plan for Elizabethtown Borough and the Townships of Conoy, Mount Joy, and West Donegal was adopted as our Comprehensive Plan.

The update process was kicked off by rebooting last year’s public opinion survey in early 2023. Redistributing the survey paid off, returning around 360 responses through mid-May as opposed to just 50 received in 2022. You can view the public survey findings summary and survey comments matrix by clicking the links. Notes from the April 12, 2023 Regional Elected Officials Meeting also provide feedback gained from the public at large and elected officials that evening.

LCPD kicked off our region’s process by working with our 2010 Regional Plan and Lancaster County’s Places2040 to create a framework for an implementable comp plan versus an encyclopedic document with an extensive list of tasks to complete. The goal is to identify key strategic issues to explore and develop impactful action items to implement.

2023 Comp Plan Working Documents

Mount Joy Township Update Review Committee 

A local committee has been created to review the draft plan, provide feedback, and develop strategies to implement the key objectives. The committee meetings are scheduled for 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the Public Meeting Room on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, June 6th
  • Wednesday, June 28th
  • Monday, July 31st

Improvements to Conewago Trail Crossing at Rt. 743 (Hershey Rd.)

Notice: Work planned to be completed at the Conewago Recreation Trail and SR 0743 (Hershey Road) intersection.

In July 2020, PennDOT conducted a public survey in order to gather input from trail users regarding the safety concerns at the SR 0743/Conewago Recreational Trail Crossing.

Approximately 1/3 of trail users responded that when utilizing the trail, they do not continue across SR 0743.  More than 75% of these users cited safety concerns as their reason for not continuing through the crossing.  Regarding trail access at this location, users indicated that their main concern was a lack of available and safe parking, especially along SR 0743.

A study was then completed by PennDOT in order to identify potential treatment options associated with the SR 0743 / Conewago Recreation Trail crossing. , A study presentation, summary report, and public comment form were posted to the PennDOT District 8-0 project Public Meeting Page following completion of the survey.  The documents presented three (3) treatment options, including improved signage, post-mounted flashing beacons, and overhead flashing beacons, to address the concerns identified by survey respondents. 

One-hundred and forty-eight (148) responses were received with respect to the treatment options, with the overhead flashing beacon being the preferred improvement.  The three (3) treatment options, along with the results of the study and the survey, were then presented to Lancaster County and Mount Joy Township.  PennDOT secured funding through their Multimodal Transportation Fund in order to proceed with the design and construction of the preferred alternative: the overhead flashing beacon. 

In 2022, PennDOT began work with the project engineering team to finalize construction plans and obtain project-specific clearances and permits.  During the course of the design process, additional traffic data was collected and a signal warrant analysis with more recent information was conducted.  The warrant analysis concluded that overhead flashing beacons proposed in the original study were no longer sufficient and that the trail crossing of SR 0743 warrants full traffic signals.

As a result of the additional study and design work, the intersection improvements now include new traffic signals, signs, and pavement markings.  The traffic signals will be used to stop oncoming traffic after the signal has been triggered by approaching trail users so that they may cross safely. Trail users will activate the signal via automatic detection sensors or by manually pressing push button activators.  Advanced warning signs will be installed along the SR 0743 approaches to alert motorists to the trail crossing.  In addition to the signal installation, the trail will be reconstructed and paved with asphalt on both sides of SR 0743 to provide level areas near the roadway. 

Work is scheduled to begin in Late Summer 2023 and will be conducted during nighttime hours.  The trail will be open for use during regular daytime hours.

The conceptual plans can be viewed at this link.

Feedback on the proposed design can be submitted here: 

Old Trolley Line Park Expansion – Public Input Survey

The Mount Joy Township Parks and Recreation Board is now seeking your valuable input to shape the development of Old Trolley Line Park. We have created a brief survey that will allow you to rank your top three choices for new activity areas at Old Trolley Line Park. Your feedback will help us prioritize and allocate resources to best meet the needs and desires of our residents.

To participate in the survey, please choose your top three desired activity areas from the provided list, and rank them in order of preference. You must choose one option per column.

All Mount Joy Township residents are encouraged to participate in this important decision-making process. The Parks and Recreation Board will carefully review the results of the survey and incorporate your preferences into the final expansion plans. We thank you in advance for your time and valuable input in shaping the future of Old Trolley Line Park.

Click here to take the survey!

Full-time Help Wanted: Public Works Crew Member

Mount Joy Township is looking for a motivated individual to join our Public Works crew to perform maintenance and construction activities on Township roads, parks and properties. This includes operating Township vehicles and small tools and equipment utilized in the following and other activities as directed by the Township Roadmaster:

1. Perform manual labor on Township construction and maintenance projects.

2. Serve as a helper on power equipment; assist in the servicing and repair of equipment.

3. Assist with painting and carpentry, maintain Township properties, and cut and trim grass.

4. Maintain drainage swales, clean out culverts, fill in washouts.

5. Respond to emergency situations pertaining to Township roads and infrastructure, as directed by the Roadmaster.

A PA Commercial Drivers License is required or the candidate must be able to obtain a CDL promptly after being hired. This is a full-time position with benefits including health insurance, paid time off, and more. The hourly wage is based on experience and qualifications. If interested, please pick up and submit an application to the Mount Joy Township Municipal Office located at 8853 Elizabethtown Road or email Township Manager Justin Evans with any questions at


Panattoni Warehouse #1 – Land Development File

Warehouse #1 Files

Transmittal Form

Land Development Plans: p.1-14 / p.15-19 / p.20-29 / p.30-43 / p.44-54

Stormwater Management Report / Maps

Wetland Delineation

Traffic Study Scoping Application (2023-01-06) / Att. #1 / Att. #2 / Att. #3 / Att. #4 / Att. #5

Township Engineer 2023-01-30 ReviewTraffic Engineer 2023-01-17 Review

Phase 1 Traffic Study Application (2023-03-13) / Att. #1 / Att. #2 / Att. #3 / Att. #4


NPDES Permit Submission (2023-01-05) Files

LCCD Application

E&S Plan Set: p.1-8 / p.9-15 / p.16-24 / Report

PCSM Plan Set / Report / Maps


Geotechnical Report

Waters of the US Delineation

Bog Turtle Phase 1 Report

Preliminary Wetland Determination


Panattoni Warehouse #1 – Zoning Hearing File

Case #230001 Application

Case #230001 Scheduling Letter for 1/17/2023 HearingProof of Publication

Case #230001 Scheduling Letter for 2/15/2023 HearingProof of Publication

Case #230001 Scheduling Letter for 3/9/2023 HearingProof of Publication

Traffic Report / Landscaping & Lighting / Building Rendering / Building Elevations

Applicant’s Exhibits Submitted at 1/17/2023 Hearing

Exhibit Myers-1 Submitted at 2/15/2023 Hearing

Exhibit Myers-2 Submitted at 3/9/2023 Hearing

Exhibit Myers-3 Submitted at 3/9/2023 Hearing

Exhibit Myers-4 Submitted at 3/9/2023 Hearing

Exhibit Myers-5 Submitted at 3/9/2023 Hearing

Exhibit Myers-6 Submitted at 3/9/2023 Hearing

Exhibit Myers-7 Submitted at 3/9/2023 Hearing

Exhibit Bucher-1 Submitted at 2/15/2023 Hearing

Exhibit Sollenberger-1 Submitted at 3/9/2023 Hearing

Exhibit Bucher-2 Submitted at 4/18/2023 Hearing

Exhibit Thompson-1 Submitted at 4/18/2023 Hearing

Exhibit Thompson-2 Submitted at 4/18/2023 Hearing

Exhibit Thompson-3 Submitted at 4/18/2023 Hearing

Exhibit Thompson-4 Submitted at 4/18/2023 Hearing

Exhibit Stevens-1 Submitted at 4/18/2023 Hearing

Exhibit Stevens-2 Submitted at 4/18/2023 Hearing

Exhibit Stevens-3 Submitted at 4/18/2023 Hearing

Exhibit Stevens-4 Submitted at 4/18/2023 Hearing

Exhibit Stevens-5 Submitted at 4/18/2023 Hearing

Exhibit Haines-1 Submitted at 4/27/2023 Hearing

Exhibit A-14 Submitted at 4/27/2023 Hearing

Exhibit A-15 Submitted at 4/27/2023 Hearing

Exhibit A-16 Submitted at 4/27/2023 Hearing

Approved Minutes of the 1/17/2023 Hearing

Approved Minutes of the 2/15/2023 Hearing

Approved Minutes of the 3/9/2023 Hearing

Approved Minutes of the 4/18/2023 Hearing

DRAFT Minutes of the 4/27/2023 Hearing

The zoning hearing for Case #230001 was closed on Thursday, April 27th. A decision will be made at a public meeting at a date to be determined.

ZHB Case #230001 – Applicant: PDC Northeast LPIV, LLC, 2442 Dupont Drive, Irvine, CA 92612 – Landowner: Franklin B. Greiner, Jr., 1650 Steel Way, Mount Joy, PA 17552 – Property Information: Tax Parcel ID #461-89922-0-0000, located at 2843 Mount Pleasant Road, Mount Joy, PA 17552 and within the LI, Light Industrial District – Applicant is seeking approval of the following section of Chapter 135 of the Code of Ordinances of the Township of Mount Joy, i.e. the Mount Joy Township Zoning Ordinance of 2012, as amended: special exceptions pursuant to Article XVII, §135-163.B & §135-163.C to permit an industrial use on the subject property. The applicant desires to construct a 1,006,880-sf. warehouse and associated improvements.

Location of Middle School Auditorium entrance

Zoning Ordinance Amendment Petition: General Industrial District/Warehouses (Panattoni)

Petition to Amend the Zoning Ordinance – Warehouses/Panattoni – GI District

Revised Ordinance to Amend the Zoning Ordinance, as submitted by applicant (dated 11/29/2022)

Zoning Hearing Board application (NOTE: hearing moved from 1/4/2023 to 1/17/2023)


1/23/2023 – Planning Commission initial view of proposed building #1

1/25/2023 – Board of Supervisors Public Hearing for proposed ordinance (6:30 P.M. at the EASD Middle School Auditorium – 600 E. High St.)

1/17/2023 – Zoning Hearing for proposed warehouse at 2843 Mount Pleasant Road (6:00 P.M. at the EASD Middle School Auditorium – 600 E. High St.)

12/5/2022 – Planning Commission review of proposed ordinance (7:00 P.M. at the EASD Middle School Auditorium – 600 E. High St.)

11/28/2022 – Planning Commission meeting RESCHEDULED TO DEC. 5 @ 7:00 P.M.

10/17/2022 – Board of Supervisors accepted petition to amend the Zoning Ordinance

Conceptual site plan submitted with zoning petition.

EMS Crisis Calls for Local Solution

Municipalities in Pennsylvania are responsible for many things – parks and recreation facilities, police services, snow removal and stormwater management to name a few. But did you know that municipalities are also required by state law to ensure the provision of emergency medical services? They are. And EMS services in our community, and our region, are in jeopardy.


The Local EMS Crisis

 EMS services in our community are provided by Northwest EMS, a non-profit organization. Northwest EMS was recognized in 2020 as the Pennsylvania EMS Agency of the Year, awarded by the Pennsylvania Emergency Health Services Council and the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Unfortunately, however, the organization’s future is at risk. Why? Insufficient revenue from subscriptions, municipal contributions and insurance reimbursements, combined with rising costs.

Northwest EMS has operated at a deficit for the past six years. These deficits have been covered by proceeds from the organization’s investments, but those investments continue to decline. The expected deficit for 2022 is over $500,000. Unless this crisis is addressed, Northwest EMS will be insolvent in a few years.

Northwest EMS is not alone. This is a state-wide crisis and other areas of the state are faced with losing essential emergency services, or facing reductions in service and long wait times, for what could be life-or-death situations.


The Local Solution

Municipal leaders in the region and Northwest EMS’ Board of Directors have been meeting since 2018 to confront this crisis. At the start of 2021, a committee of municipal leaders and Northwest EMS leaders began studying the situation in earnest and exploring alternatives.

The committee is proposing the creation of a regional Emergency Services Authority to address the challenges that jeopardize essential emergency services in our community and fulfill the statutory requirement for municipalities to provide EMS services with more fiscal stability. As a collaboration among municipalities, the Authority would provide emergency medical services and EMS administrative support to municipalities throughout its service area. It is believed to be the best step forward, and the most fiscally responsible option, to ensure that EMS services continue to be available, potentially saving your life or the life of your loved one.


Community Funded

As proposed, the authority creates an opportunity to replace municipal contributions and membership contributions with a reasonable and uniform annual fee to property owners, on par with today’s Northwest EMS subscription rates.

The annual fee is estimated to be between $70-$85 per residential housing unit (or $6-7 per month). Separate tiers would be set for commercial and institutional properties.

Founding municipalities would each have representation on the Authority’s Board, which once incorporated will be responsible for determining the actual fees. The Authority would advertise and hold public hearings to allow the community to have a voice on proposed services and rates. The community will then continue to have a voice in the Authority, even after it is formed.


EMS Services You’ll Receive

What would you receive from the regional Emergency Services Authority?

  • Readiness to answer calls if emergency medical services are needed
  • No residual bills for EMS services if your insurance pays toward an ambulance bill
  • 50% off your ambulance bill if you have no insurance or if your entire bill goes toward your insurance deductible

The regional Emergency Services Authority would become the new entity to provide EMS in our community. The Authority would consist of the same outstanding people and deliver the same outstanding service for which Northwest EMS is known.


Learn More and Support EMS

Municipalities that have passed resolutions indicating interest in exploring and possibly joining the regional Emergency Services Authority are Clay Township, Conewago Township, Conoy Township, East Donegal Township, Elizabethtown Borough, Elizabeth Township, Manheim Borough, Marietta Borough, Mount Joy Township, Penn Township, Rapho Township and West Donegal Township.

While the EMS crisis and proposed regional Emergency Services Authority has been discussed at numerous public meetings and reported in local news media, you are encouraged to learn more by visiting There you’ll find frequently asked questions and an anticipated timeline.

Based on the current timeline for the proposed Authority, the earliest EMS services would transition from Northwest EMS to the new Authority is the start of 2024. Northwest EMS will continue to provide EMS services to our community in 2023 and will be conducting its annual subscription campaign this fall to help fund its operations for the year. Please watch your mailbox for Northwest EMS’s subscription mailer and consider subscribing for 2023.

EMS is an essential public service. It is essential that, as a community, we ensure that emergency services continue to be ready and available to answer the call.

(PennDOT) Resurfacing Project Continues on Route 230 (Market Street)

A 2.3-mile resurfacing project is set to continue next week on Route 230 (Market Street) in Elizabethtown Borough, Lancaster County. Weather permitting, the contractor will begin working at night on Sunday, September 18.

Night work includes milling, paving, sawing and sealing joints and pavement markings. Motorists may encounter lane closures under flagging Sunday nights through Friday nights between the hours of 6:00 PM and 6:00 AM.

Access will be maintained to residences and businesses. Some side streets may be closed depending on the location the contractor is working.

Motorists should be alert and drive with caution through the work zone.

This work is part of a project consisting of roadway and shoulder resurfacing, milling, base replacement, minor drainage improvements, sign updates, new pavement markings, and other miscellaneous construction on Route 230 from Mill Road in West Donegal Township, through Elizabethtown Borough to just east of Shaeffer Road in Mount Joy Township.

This project is expected to be completed by November 1, 2022.

New Enterprise Stone and Lime Co., Inc., of New Enterprise, PA, is the prime contractor on this $1,696,077 project.

Motorists can check conditions on major roadways by visiting 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 1,000 traffic cameras.

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