York City building team of residents for Comprehensive Plan

Logan Hullinger
York Dispatch
York Residents gathered in Continental Square in York City to recreate a photo taken 100 years ago on Sept. 1, 1919.

York City hopes to recruit 20 diverse residents to help draw up a plan that would dictate the city's infrastructure program for the next decade.

The team will provide input for what's known as the York City Comprehensive Plan in concert with York City Council and the city's planning commission. The state's Municipal Planning Code recommends a comprehensive plan be drafted every 10 years, according to a city news release on Monday, Sept. 16.

A comprehensive plan is used to identify the city's infrastructure priorities, which can help it grow based on basic information that includes demographics, socioeconomic issues and other concerns from the city government and residents.

The city last drew up a plan in 2009, now leaving it to work off of outdated demographic information, planning priorities and a lack of action on gentrification. That plan was based on information from the 2000 census.

While the former plan came shortly after the 2008 recession, there was inadequate data to properly dictate what the city needed at the time. Since then, the economy has rebounded, but there is disagreement over how low- and medium-income families have benefited.

For example, since 2009 the median household income in the city has dropped from $33,388 to $29,834. There has also been a 7% decrease in owner-occupied housing units, the release states.

Additionally, demographics have seen a large shift, as the Latino and Hispanic population has grown from one quarter of the population to one-third.

City officials hope the new plan will address these changes with a modernized plan, which will also partially focus on sustainability, the release states. The city plans to include renewed efforts and outreach to support green infrastructure and a locally driven economy.

Those wishing to apply to join the team can do so here. Paper applications can be found in City Hall.

Applicants must be at least 15 years old, be available to meet once a month for the next year, participate in community workshops and work collaboratively in the best interest of the city.

— Logan Hullinger can be reached at lhullinger@yorkdispatch.com or via Twitter at @LoganHullYD.