A public hearing concerning the new Central Carbon County Regional Comprehensive Plan will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27 at the Lehighton Annex building, 110 Third St., Lehighton.

The purpose of the meeting is to give the public the opportunity to review the regional comprehensive plan that has been prepared by Central Carbon County Regional Comprehensive Planning Committee.

Last month Franklin Township and Lehighton planning commissions voted to recommend approval of the plan, while members of East Penn Township and Mahoning Township said they wanted to wait to present the proposal at their respective board of supervisors' meetings. Weissport was not represented at the meeting.

Allen Heist, consultant, of Stell Environmental Enterprises, Inc., will present a display of the maps that he created through the development of the comprehensive plan. The plan updates previous individual comprehensive plans and creates a framework for enhancing and protecting the quality of life for these communities,

Central Carbon County Regional Comprehensive Planning Committee provided input and direction for the plan. Heist also held public meetings and hearings, interviewed key people and did a citizen survey.

The CCCRP focuses on economic development, transportation improvements, preserving community character, protecting critical natural features and historic resources and improving community facilities and services.

Heist developed the plan by using goals and objectives organized around these five issues and established a foundation for land use control and to provide direction for municipal policies and activities.

Heist said that if communities are successful in implementing the comprehensive plan it will allow new development for expected growth and that any new development will respect natural resources.

Heist will also discuss the Parks, Recreation, Greenway and Open Space Plan. The five municipalities and Lehighton Area School District worked together to develop a multi-municipal strategy for protecting, expanding and managing the region's parks, recreation, greenway and open space resources.

The park plan emphasizes a cooperative regional approach to achieving the goals and implementing a plan.