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MPC Update - June 13, 2017

Posted on June 27, 2017 at 10:39 AM by Melanie Oldeman

Master Plan Open House to Focus on Public Infrastructure Options
June 21, 6:00 - 8:00 pm at the high school   

During the year-long Phase I of the Master Plan process, the Master Plan Committee worked with Town boards, committees, citizens and other stakeholders to create a vision statement that now serves as the foundation for a ten-year Master Plan. The vision statement reflects the community’s values of a fiscally responsible and transparent government, well-maintained public infrastructure, accessible and well-managed natural resources, balanced and diverse housing options, strong local economy, walkable neighborhoods, dynamic downtown, working together, and community spirit. Of all the values identified as critical, participants in Phase I rated “well-maintained public infrastructure” as their top priority.

With Phase II of the planning process now underway, the Master Plan Committee and its consultant team are focusing on this top priority. Using mapping, modeling and working group meetings, they identified potential revenue-increasing opportunities to allow the Town to provide a well-maintained public infrastructure. The result of their work to date will be shared at the Master Plan Open House on Wednesday, June 21 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM in the high school dining hall. The open house will begin with a brief presentation followed by a series of stations to share, hear ideas and gather information about:

  • Funding Needs for infrastructure and facilities. How much is needed and when?
  • Optional Land Use Changes that could increase Town revenues. What types and amount of change could create the revenue needed? If change is desired, where should it occur?
  • Design and Town Character. How can changes honor the town’s historic development pattern, its natural resources and sense of place?
  • Getting Around by foot, bicycle, automobile or transit. How can it be made more convenient, safe, enjoyable and efficient?
  • Public Facilities. Where should public facilities be located to provide the greatest benefit? Are new facilities needed?
  • Preservation. On what and where should preservation efforts focus?

Light refreshments and free babysitting will be offered.

Please help us get the word out and join your neighbors on June 21 for these important discussions about Manchester’s future. We look forward to your continued support in building the Master Plan for our community. A Stronger Manchester Starts With Us.

To access the Master Plan Open House information, the Visioning Report and supporting documents, please visit the Master Plan Committee page on the Town website. If you would like to receive regular email updates and meeting notices from the Master Plan Committee, please use the Notify Me feature to subscribe. For additional information or questions, email Town Planner Sue Brown or call (978) 525-6436.