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July 9, 2014

Windham seeks input on new Master Plan

Master Plan review is underway

WINDHAM — With a new Master Plan in the works, town officials are calling on residents to help them create a vision for the town.

The 2005 Master Plan expires in 2015, and the town needs to create a new plan that will last until 2025. It will include goals in natural and other cultural resources, economic development, transportation, housing, community facilities and recreation.

The Community Development Department has been going through the 2005 Master Plan to find out what has been accomplished and what is no longer relevant.

“We have been, for the last two or three years, going through the 2005 Master Plan,” community development director Laura Scott said. “You look at them now and go, ‘Yeah, that’s not relevant.’”

The list used to be 10 pages long, but has dwindled in recent years.

The original list has 26 overarching goals, each with underlying objectives and strategies. The last review of the 2005 Master Plan was on Jan. 15 and 17 strategies remained.

“A lot of them have been adopted, they’ve been accomplished,” Scott said. “It’s great.”

Accomplished goals included adopting Village Center development standards, reviewing business districts in town, and promoting the creation of flexible building space for small business startups and expansions.

Some goals have been marked as still desired, but not likely to be completed. They include designing and constructing pedestrian connections between Fellows Road and Town Hall, the senior center, the town museum and the library.

Some may make it to the new Master Plan, but Scott said the town will not find out until the plan is finalized in 2015.

“We’re not sure yet,” she said. “This is the data collection stage.”

To help collect the data, the town surveyed residents. The survey results will be shared at a Planning Board meeting on July 30.

The town is holding a visioning workshop on Wednesday, July 16, to further include people in the Master Plan process, even if they have completed the survey.

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