Owls Head committee approves planning commission payment at 11th hour
Owls Head — Eight members of the Comprehensive Planning Committee got together as a quorum June 28 to approve payment of a bill that will help them go forward with the town's new comprehensive plan.
The panel members raised their hands in unison to authorize a $2,800 payment to the Midcoast Regional Planning Commission in Rockland. The action occurred three days before the end of the town's fiscal year. Otherwise, they would have had to carry the funds forward into a new fiscal year and complicate bookkeeping, said Charles Siletti, chairman.
The MRPC is helping the committee update the town's comprehensive plan for the first time in more than a decade.
A plan is important for a town to have if it wants to attract grant money and state funds, Siletti said. It's also used as an economic development guide and planning tool.
In other action, the committee approved the new Chapter 208 headings for the plan. The 208 headings are designated topics by the state for a book that tells the whole story of a town, including its geography and history, make-up of residents and population figures.
There are 13 headings altogether, and each member of the committee is responsible for two headings. Two new headings this year will be Water Resources and Agricultural and Forestry Resources, Siletti said.
The committee has a target date of August 2013 for completion of the plan.
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