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Public hearing scheduled on Master Plan


August 14, 2019
WOLFEBORO — The public is encouraged to attend a public hearing on the Wolfeboro Master Plan on Tuesday, Aug. 27 at 7 p.m. in the Great Hall at Town Hall. The Planning Board will present the final draft of the updated plan for the coming decade, seven chapters in all, created with the participation of 56 volunteers, including members of the Planning Board, the Board of Selectmen, and Department Heads.

The updating process was kicked off by the Planning Department on Feb. 27, 2018. An update was provided on June 25 that year, and a final presentation was held on Aug. 21, 2018. The upcoming hearing is an opportunity for residents to respond to the final draft before the Planning.

The intention of the Arts and Heritage Chapter, led by Planning Board member Vaune Dugan. is to enhance the positive impacts of arts, culture and heritage, both town wide and on a regional level, to strengthen the community and enhance its economic vitality.

The Wolfeboro Energy Chapter, a new chapter guided by Selectman Paul O'Brien, provides a blueprint for a forward-looking energy future that takes changing technology and best energy practices into account as the town's economy, environmental conditions and energy needs evolve. It offers a path to ensure a reliable and efficient energy supply while striving to reduce costs.

Planning Board member Peter Goodwin headed up the Natural Resources Chapter, whose members developed goals and guidelines to preserve Wolfeboro's abundance of natural resources, which play a major role in the quality of life of residents and visitors.

The purpose statement of the Transportation and Infrastructure chapter, led by Selectman Brad Harriman, states that the Town strives to design, build, and maintain the best infrastructure possible. It will commit to finding fiscally and environmentally responsible ways to manage its infrastructure, always mindful that it has a direct effect on our lakes, economy, and the character of Wolfeboro. The Town must develop and implement proactive asset management planning and capital reserve funding strategies in order to ensure its infrastructure remains dependable and innovative.

Housing, Economic Development, and Population comprise another chapter, this one led by Planning Board Chairman Kathy Barnard, whose members updated guidelines with a look at policies pertaining to the Greater Downtown Area as the center for economic, civic, cultural and tourism activities while equally considering the high value placed on protecting the area's natural, physical and historic features as well as the pedestrian nature of the areas.

There is also a chapter on Future Land Use, headed as well by Barnard, and a chapter on the towns' Community Facilities led by Planning Board member Mike Hodder. For a closer look at the chapters in advance of the hearing, visit the Planning Department online (wolfeboronh.us) and peruse the facts and figures upon which planning goals are based and described within the 121 page document.

Garnett Hill
Martin Lord Osman
NORTHERN HUMAN SERVICES
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