Comprehensive Plan Committee seeks members

By Gabriel Blodgett | Oct 28, 2019
Source: File Photo Rockport is seeking residents to serve on the Capital Improvement Committee.

Rockport — Rockport is seeking eleven residents to join the Comprehensive Plan Committee that will spend the next year and a half drafting a document intended to “guide Rockport in all aspects of development over the next decade.” according to a town press release.

The Committee will begin meeting in January 2020 and over the next 18 months will work to review plan inventory sections and draft policy guidelines including a land use plan. The committee will also determine ways to solicit community input throughout the process.

The plan inventory sections will be created by town planning staff and include information on population and housing, local economy, financial resources, natural and marine resources, transportation, historic and cultural assets, recreational opportunities and municipal assets. Town Planner Bill Najpauer said the inventory data is mostly compiled from state and historical data.

Najpauer said the committee will meet monthly to go over sections of the inventory prepared by the planning staff and use that information to draft relevant policy.

Those policies, which Najpauer said represent the heart of the plan, will include implementation strategies, a timeline for completing aspects of the plan and determining which departments are responsible for specific areas.

Town Manager William Post said the committee’s task is a “lengthy process, but it’s supposed to be that way because you want to have plenty of input from residents.”

Post said it is an important document that town staff use to guide their decisions moving forward. The last version of the comprehensive plan was approved by voters in 2004.

Najpauer stressed the importance of having a diverse membership, saying, “towns that are very successful have committees that represent the entire community.”

The eleven residents will join two Select Board members and one member from each of the Planning Board, Conservation Committee, Harbor Committee, and Zoning Board of Appeals on the committee.

Applications are due by Nov. 30 and can be accessed on the town website or at the Town Office. The plan will be put before voters on the June 2021 ballot for approval.

 

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