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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.

National Night Out

We'd love you to join us for the annual National Night Out hosted by West Donegal Township for Northwest Regional Police Department on Tuesday, August 5 from 6 pm to 9 pm at the Township municipal fields. Joining us again this year will be: Life Lion, Star Wars characters, pony rides, Red Rose Search & Rescue, Friendship Fire & Rheems Fire Companies providing re-enactments, NWEMS, good music, and delicious food including the popular Grange milkshakes, and so much more!

Free Trees!

Penn State University recently received a grant form the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation entitled "Greening the Lower Susquehanna. Through this grant, Penn State has assembled a native tree nursery to provide free trees to landowners interested in planting riparian buffers or converting grass to trees. All of the seedlings must be planted during the fall of 2014. These trees are available free of charge to private landowners, especially those with streamside properties. Other properties that are a good fit are properties of commercial or industrial located along a stream.  Since these trees are seedlings they will require maintenance until they become established. This includes requiring tree tubes, which are not provided by Penn State.

If you are interested in learning more, please contact Kristen Kyler at 717-948-6609 or conewagocreekinitiative@gmail.com.

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 next Board of Supervisors's regular meeting is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. on Monday, August 11. 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.