Central Adams Joint Comprehensive Plan

Cumberland Township, Gettysburg Borough, and Straban Township, with assistance from the Office of Planning & Development, are in the process of preparing a regional comprehensive plan. This Plan will be known as the Central Adams Joint Comprehensive Plan. ​Check back often as we will be posting updates to this page as the Plan progresses.


Existing Conditions - Links to the Existing Conditions text and maps:  

Progression of Development - See how certain locations within the Region have
developed, or remained rural, through aerial photography dating from 1937 through 2013.  

Character Areas - Character Areas identify locations within the region that have similar form, function, landscapes, or development patterns, as they currently exist.

Growth Areas and Future Land Use - An interactive map has been put together to present the progression of information that was used to help develop the draft Future Land Use map and the Designated Growth Areas. This app allows the user to customize an experience that builds upon the existing features and Character Areas of the Region. The future land use is presented, along with a place to add a comment.


Goals and Recommendations -
The DRAFT Goals and Recommendations for each section were presented at the public open house workshop on October 20, 2016. 
We are currently revising these recommendations based on feedback received and preparing the draft Plan.   

Draft Plan - We are currently preparing the draft Plan. More information should be available shortly.  

Contact Information:

Adams County Office of Planning & Development
Andrew Merkel,​
Assistant Director
amerkel@adamscounty.us ​ 
Ph: 337-9824
Cumberland Township
Ben Thomas, Jr.,
Ph: 334-6485
Gettysburg Borough
Charles Gable,
Ph: 334-1160
Straban Township
Sharon Hamm,
Chairperson Supervisor
Ph: 334-4833

​Steering Committee Meetings:

3:00 PM

1st Tuesday of the month
(call the Planning Office to confirm if the meeting is being held)  

Agricultural and Natural Resources Center
670 Old Harrisburg Rd, 
Gettysburg, PA 


  • The last public open house workshop was held October 20, 2016 at the Ag Center.

  • Outreach Summary Report - A summary of the survey responses, public input, and outreach events.