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The Heritage Project laid out a long-term, civic-driven vision for Colchester. With many of the project’s goals achieved and many more in progress, the Project is still a vibrant vision for our town. The community input received in the 2019 plan process reaffirms this. In spring 2018, the Planning Commission sought community involvement in the 2019 plan development first with a Town Meeting Day survey and then a visioning session. The three biggest issues facing Colchester were identified to be affordability, economic opportunity and infrastructure. Specific needs, as well as possible solutions, were offered. These themes are prevalent through the plan and align with the three sections of the plan: social, economy, and environment. Over the summer and fall of 2018, specific topics such as housing, energy, and transportation were reviewed by the Planning Commission, as well as specific neighborhoods. A town-wide mailing invited all residents to these meetings. On-line engagement proved to yield greater participation with topical surveys, the Thoughts on Thursday e-newsletter, podcasts of the meeting, Front Porch Forum posts, and social media. These comments and survey results also informed the Commission as they developed the new plan. After several months of drafting and editing, the Commission warned the plan for hearing on February 5, 2019. The Commission voted 5-1 to transfer the plan to the Selectboard, which then considered the plan at two public hearings in March, 2019, before adopting it on March 26, 2019. The 2019 Town Plan will continue to be a living document and, while it will expire in 2027, may be re-examined from time to time by the Planning Commission and Selectboard as needed.

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Town of Colchester's 2019 Town Plan  

The Town of Colchester's 2019 Town Plan is the long-term (20+ year) plan for the community that, while primarily focusing on land use, provi...

Town of Colchester's 2019 Town Plan  

The Town of Colchester's 2019 Town Plan is the long-term (20+ year) plan for the community that, while primarily focusing on land use, provi...