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The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has issued a 3-year mandatory septic pumping requirement for all residents within West Donegal Township that have an on-lot disposal septic system. If your property has an on-lot septic system, sand mound or holding tank, we ask that you check out the guidelines of this new program by going to the Zoning  & Planning tab found at the top of this page.


Maybe you have seen the signs on Bainbridge Road stating that road work (including closure) will soon be occurring in the vicinity of Willowood Pool. We have been told by PennDOT that the tentative date(s) for closure is Monday, August 25 and/or Tuesday, August 26 (weather permitting and if they have no further issues with utilities). Detour signs have been posted. You may need to give yourself a little more time to get around the area during those days. Note that this is a PennDOT road and we have posted information given to us by them. Thank you for your understanding while we work together to fix the water runoff/flooding issue in that area.

Township Times

West Donegal Township would like to thank Cooper Printing for their services in the publising of the Township Times. The Township will be publishing two editions per year - spring/summer & fall/winter.  Click here to download the spring/summer 2014 edition. The newsletter is one tool we use to update/inform the residents of what is happening in the Township. If you or someone you knows did not receive one in the mail, please contact Wendy at the Township office.

Board of Supervisors' Meeting

The Board of Supervisors' workshop scheduled for Monday, August 25 is cancelled. The next regular meeting is Monday, September 8 at 7:00 pm. The meeting is open to the public and we encourage all interested parties to attend.

Upcoming Events

Shredding Event - Saturday, September 13, 8 a.m. until 12 noon, click here for details.

Covered Device Event - Saturday, September 13, 8 a.m. until 12 noon, click here for details.

Welcome to West Donegal Township

Settled in 1719 and incorporated in 1838 ,West Donegal Township is named after County Donegal in Ireland. Located west and south of Elizabethtown, in Lancaster County, West Donegal Township comprises an area of 15.6 square miles in land size.

Governed by a five member Board of Supervisors the 2010 census indicates the Township has 8260 residents. The Township is part of the Elizabethtown Area School District with the Rheems Elementary School located in the Township.

Located within the Township is the Village of Rheems and the 1400 acre campus of Masonic Village. Masonic Village with a population of 1700 residents provides retirement homes and other health care facilities as well as recreation opportunities for the community.

A variety of housing types and areas are available to prospective residents. They range from agricultural, in the many farmsteads, to single and duplex units, apartments and condominiums. One unique residential opportunity, and first open space development in the Township, has preliminary approval and the first phase developed. The residential development with varied residential units will provide concentrated residential homes on smaller lots with a park and open space to be enjoyed by the residents. A trail system in the open space areas will connect to a future trail system providing access to trails at Masonic Village and into Elizabethtown. Wildlife view areas will be provided along the trail system for the enjoyment of the residents.

The northwest corner of the Township provides the area of the Conewago Industrial Park. This industrial park, developed over the last 25 – 30 years, is the home of a variety of businesses including American Air Filter, Dupont – Pioneer, Crowe Transportation, Penn Tank Truck Wash, Walker Sales, Western Power Sports, Seedway, Tarantin, DAS, Angleboard, ModSpace, and the latest Nordstrom. Additional areas of the Conewago Industrial Park are yet to be developed and available.

A number of other businesses are found throughout the Township providing services and employment to residents of the Township and individuals from the region. The wide range of businesses and housing provides a varied opportunity allowing residents to live, work and play within the Township.

Located between Harrisburg and Lancaster, West Donegal Township provides residents employment and recreation opportunities with additional amenities in the larger cities.