HALIFAX- The planning commission took a step forward (and breathed a collective sigh of relief) when they voted to approve the draft of the new town plan. Copies of the text, minus maps, will be printed and sent out to the legally mandated recipients (neighboring towns, the state, and the Windham Regional Commission) in good time for the commission’s public hearing at 10 am on Saturday, August 17.
Prior to the vote, co-emergency management director John LaFlamme presented his update of the document’s emergency planning section. Minor tweaks to enhance the clarity of LaFlamme’s draft were proposed and accepted.
Commissioner Steve Towne relayed a few questions from the WRC about the maps. Board secretary Phyllis Evanuk reported that she is working with highway supervisor Bradley Rafus to ensure that all labeling on the road map is accurate. Board members agreed that designating neighborhoods such as Harrisville and Whitneyville on the maps would be useful and that parcels in conservation and use value should be highlighted on the property map.