The current zoning for the site is industrial, permitting a utility such as a rail yard. Gannett Fleming is designing this project to meet local municipal land development ordinances. Our nation's railroads have been granted authority to operate independently of most local and state governmental regulations including zoning and land development. However, the project's plans will be submitted to Manheim Township and City of Lancaster planning staff for comment.
Six neighborhood meetings and one focus group have been held since early 2007 to present project concepts. Several more meetings are planned during the spring of 2008. A larger neighborhood meeting will be held in mid June at the Alumni Sports & Fitness Center. A comprehensive briefing including the results of the air quality, sound and vibration testing will be presented.
Public input will not be limited to these meetings. Feedback will continue to be considered after construction has started. The June neighborhood presentation will not preclude future opportunities for comments from neighbors. Constructive suggestions that improve the project and can be reasonably incorporated after the work has begun will be considered.