Council Vacancy


Camp Hill Borough currently has one (1) vacancy on the Borough Council. Persons interested must be a resident in the borough for 1 year and a registered voter. Camp Hill Borough residents who are interested in serving until the unexpired term ends in December 2019 can send letters of interest (not to exceed 5 pages) to Pat Dennis, Borough Manager, Borough of Camp Hill, 2145 Walnut Street, Camp Hill, PA 17011 . Letters should describe the background of the proposed applicant, the length of time said applicant has continuously been a Camp Hill Borough resident, and if the applicant is a registered elector in the Borough. Letters of interest will be accepted through April 30, 2019.

The Camp Hill Borough Council will interview qualified applicants and consider an appointment for the vacancy at a public meeting to be held on May 3, 2019, 11:30 a.m. at The Camp Hill Borough Hall, 2145 Walnut Street, Camp Hill.

May Community Forum

We will be holding two opportunities on May 6 for residents to come in and talk with staff about communications issues and needs. We are seeking openings to hear how we, as staff, can provide more communication and information in formats residents prefer. What specifically do you want to be advised of that you aren’t currently? We will be holding two sessions, 10:00-11:00 and 6:00-7:00 in the Borough Office conference room. We have created Facebook events for these so we can get an idea of the interest.

Our next session will be June 3, at 10:00 and 6:00. Topic has not yet been determined.

Camp Hill Borough Receives Funding for Market Street Streetscape and Pedestrian Safety Improvements

Camp Hill Borough Receives Funding for Market Street Streetscape and Pedestrian Safety Improvements

At the March 26, 2019, meeting of the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA), Camp Hill Borough was awarded a $700,000 grant from the Multimodal Transportation Fund (MTF). This was one of four MTF grants awarded this round in Cumberland County through the CFA, an independent state agency charged with overseeing the funding of grant and loan programs administered by the Department of Community and Economic Development. 

The project consists of improvement of the streetscape from 15th Street to 25th Street. Grant funds will be used to help construct infrastructure improvements as part of the Borough’s ongoing effort to create an attractive, vibrant and pedestrian-friendly downtown corridor.

Borough Council is extremely grateful to Senator Mike Regan and Representative Greg Rothman for their strong support of this project and their dedication to improving Camp Hill.

Part-time Crossing Guard Needed

The Camp Hill Police Department is looking to hire a reliable, energetic person to work as a part time crossing guard. No experience necessary. Please call (717) 737-1570 if you are interested.

Borough’s statement regarding proposed Chick-fil-A restaurant

Borough’s statement regarding proposed Chick-fil-A restaurant
Feb. 28, 2019

There has been considerable discussion among Borough residents, in public meetings and in the news and social media, regarding a proposal to build a Chick-fil-A restaurant at 32nd and Chestnut streets. Following is information about the process of assessing a development proposal and determining its suitability.

A property owner has the right to use his/her property in conformance with applicable zoning designations and regulations. The parcel in question is zoned for commercial use, and a restaurant is one of numerous permitted uses in a commercial zone. The Borough’s role, with this or any other development proposal, is to assure the developer identifies issues that could negatively impact residents and/or other businesses and provides remedies that mitigate the negative impacts.

The developer is entitled to complete this process. Once the process is completed, the Borough Council will decide whether to approve or reject the proposal, based in part on whether potential negative impacts have been addressed and remedied. If the developer cannot mitigate the negative impacts and is not compliant with the zoning and Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance, the plan can be denied.

In keeping with the strong recommendation of legal counsel, Camp Hill Borough is committed to completing the development process, respecting the developer’s property rights and protecting the interests of the Borough and its residents. Terminating the development process before it is complete, or as one resident suggested, simply “letting (the developers) sue you,” would be irresponsible and could expose the Borough and its residents to significant financial consequences.

For example, a federal court jury once determined that Susquehanna Township officials deprived a developer of due process by improperly denying a building permit. The developer received a $4 million settlement. The decision had significant negative consequences for the township, its residents and the individual defendants in the lawsuit as the case advanced over several years.

To date, neither the Borough Planning Commission (in its advisory role) nor the Council has received enough information to assess whether the development proposal is suitable. Residents, quite justifiably, have raised concerns about increased traffic through an intersection that already is one of the busiest in Cumberland County. The developer is entitled to present data on impacts of the project on existing traffic and demonstrate how the impact of any additional traffic could be mitigated. We look forward to reviewing that information, along with the final development proposal, and making a fair and responsible decision.