What is the Lancaster Inter-Municipal Committee (LIMC)?
The LIMC is a council of governments (COG) established to address intermunicipal challenges and concerns in central Lancaster County. The LIMC is an intergovernmental cooperation agreement in itself. It provides a legal ability for two or more of the twelve municipalities to act cooperatively or jointly.
What kinds of activities does the LIMC do?
The LIMC has undertaken a variety of activities, including regional comprehensive planning and regional park planning, preparing sample ordinance provisions that its municipalities can adopt, sponsoring workshops for municipal officials, taking positions on legislative issues, sharing information among municipalities, and developing initiatives that benefit its members and the LIMC community. Overall, the LIMC is simply an ability for two or more municipalities to act jointly.
What municipalities are members of the LIMC?
The 9 member municipalities of the LIMC are Columbia Borough, East Lampeter Township, Lancaster City, Lancaster Township, Manor Township, Millersville Borough, Mountville Borough, West Hempfield Township, and West Lampeter Township.
Under what law does the LIMC operate?
The LIMC operates under the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Law (Act 180 of 1972, Act 177 of 1996, and Act 13 of 2011), which allows municipalities to act cooperatively or jointly on any issues where they are also authorized by law to work individually.
When and where does the LIMC meet?
The LIMC hold its regular monthly meeting at 7:30 a.m. on the second Wednesday of most months. Meeting locations rotate among the member municipalities. The LIMC also has an annual dinner meeting each spring.
Where does the LIMC get its funding?
Each member municipality makes an annual financial contribution to the LIMC. The contribution is based on a formula which takes into account each municipality's ability to pay, using the assessed valuation of properties within the municipality (excluding those that are tax-exempt) and the earned income tax that the municipality receives. The LIMC has also received grants for several specific projects.
Does LIMC action take precedence over that of my local municipality?
No. Any recommendation that the LIMC makes must be approved by the governing body of the city, borough, or township to go into effect. For example, the LIMC recommended sample sign regulations, but local municipalities that wished to enforce those regulations had to adopt them as part of their zoning ordinances in order for them to go into effect. The example represents a cost-effective way for municipalities to approach programs and endeavors. One set of sample regulations were completed as a group in lieu of each municipality completing the same exercise separately.
Can the LIMC answer questions about zoning and other regulations that might affect my property?
No. You should contact your city, borough, or township office with any questions you have about matters such as zoning, subdivision procedures, or what standards you must follow for renovations or new construction.
What is Growing Together?
Growing Together, or the GTRCP, is a regional comprehensive plan for central Lancaster County. The LIMC coordinated its preparation, through a steering committee including representatives from all the municipalities involved, and with extensive community input. Eleven municipalities then adopted Growing Together as their comprehensive plan, or as part of their comprehensive plan, in April 2007.
How can I get a copy of Growing Together?
You may purchase a copy of Growing Together by sending a check for $40, payable to the Lancaster Inter-Municipal Committee, to the LIMC at 150 N. Queen Street, Suite 317, Lancaster, PA 17603. You will receive the 300+ pages of Growing Together, punched for a standard three-ring binder, by mail. Electronic copies are also available in pdf format. Electronic copies cost $8/each.