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Council adopts 2019 update to town's Comprehensive Plan

The Town Council on July 8, 2019 voted to adopt a 2019 update to the comprehensive plan and to submit the plan to the state for review.

State law requires municipalities to have a comprehensive plan to guide development. The draft is an update to the 2007 plan, and is the product of a two-year process that included public forums, a public survey and 27 meetings of a nine-member, Comprehensive Plan 2019 Committee.

The adopted version will include minor additions to the public participation section, detailing the dates of the Town Council's hearings and workshops on the comprehensive plan.

Councilors vote 6-1 to adopt the plan, with Chris Straw voting "no." Straw said he disagreed with some provisions in the land-use chapter, and that the demographic information in the plan needs to be fixed.

The vote came after a scheduled public hearing, which, like the first hearing held on June 10, drew no speakers.

Jamie Garvin, chair of the Town Council, thanked staff and the committee for their work. "It's a very big task and a very valuable one for the town and your work is greatly appreciated," he said.

Review, adoption and beginning implementation of the plan is on the council's list of goals for 2019. A council workshop on a steps to implement the new comprehensive plan is scheduled for Sept. 4.

Links to the latest draft plan, agendas, supporting materials and video from televised workshops are on the comprehensive plan "Hot Topic" webpage.