Chester's draft plan now online

Town residents encouraged to attend March 27 public hearing and give input


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— The Town of Chester's draft comprehensive plan is now online at thetownofchester.org, and local planners want to know what you think of it.

A comprehensive plan, or master plan, articulates a community's vision for its future, and contains goals and recommendations designed to guide growth.

“The comprehensive plan forms the basis for zoning and land-use regulations in a town, so it is a very important document,” said Alan Sorensen, planning consultant to the town and president of Planit Main Street.

The Comprehensive Plan Committee will hold a public hearing on the draft plan at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 27, at Chester town hall, 1786 Kings Highway.

The hearing will include a brief presentation outlining the purpose of a comprehensive plan and highlighting some of the key recommendations. The hearing also will give the public an opportunity to comment on the draft plan.

“We are seeking public input on the draft comprehensive plan and encourage residents to attend this public hearing,” said Chester planning board chair and committee member Don Serotta.

The town board retained Sorensen last January to assist the Comprehensive Plan Committee in updating the town’s 2003 plan. One of the committee’s first orders of business was to hold a “visioning session” to hear from the public about the issues important to them in the future development of their town. The committee then held regularly scheduled open meetings at Chester Town Hall.

The public is invited to view the draft comprehensive plan before the public hearing. In addition to being available online, copies of the draft plan are available at town hall or the adjacent public library. They're also available on a CD for one dollar.

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