As a community, we embarked on a 3-year journey together, and we had only one destination in mind — a better Lancaster County in 2040.

We had no preconceived notion of how to get there, but we knew the journey was just as important as the destination. So we asked the community to help us define a path toward the future all of us want to see.

It was an amazing journey. We traveled throughout the county, from our downtowns to our rural landscapes. We reached out to thousands of people at dozens of meetings, online at, and in a series of detailed surveys. In addition to those who heard our message, over 8,000 voices spoke up and offered their input – far more than any similar process the Lancaster County Planning Commission has coordinated over the past 60 years.

After taking all these thoughts and ideas into consideration, we can confidently say we have a clear roadmap to the county’s future: places2040, a new comprehensive plan for Lancaster County.



Printed copies of the full plan and executive summary are available by contacting Faith Gaddie at or 717-299-8333. To view and/or download a digital version of the full plan, please click one of the choices below:

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