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January 20, 2012

In My Opinion: Willsboro residents urged to participate

Nearly three years ago, work began to develop a new community-based comprehensive local land-use planning program for the Town of Willsboro.

The new Comprehensive Plan will update the obsolete 1977 Willsboro Comprehensive Plan and establish future land-use policies and standards that promote sustainable economic development while protecting water quality, as well as preserving open space, farmland and sensitive areas.

This process has been supported by a grant from the New York State Department of State with funds provided under Title 11 of the Environmental Protection Fund.

The Willsboro Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee was appointed by the Town Council in March 2009 and has met monthly, studied existing community planning documents, held community information and fact-gathering meetings and visioning workshops, surveyed community citizens and prepared a proposed new Comprehensive Land Use and Action Plan.

The Steering Committee will hold a community meeting open to all interested Willsboro citizens to share the proposed new Comprehensive Plan and answer questions from the public. The meeting will be 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at the Willsboro Central School cafeteria, Farrell Road, Willsboro. Refreshments will be served at the community meeting.

The Steering Committee wants to provide an opportunity for citizens to view the completed plan draft and to hear from them as to what extent the plan represents shared community values and beliefs and gives direction to move Willsboro forward in the future.

The Steering Committee will also hold a public hearing on the plan following the community meeting. The public hearing will run from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and is required by New York State Town Law. It enables the Steering Committee to receive formal comments and testimony on the proposed Comprehensive Plan prior to regulatory agency review and adoption proceedings by the town.

Paper copies of the draft plan and appendices are available for review at the Town Office, the Paine Memorial Library and the front desk of Willsboro Central School. Electronic links to the plan and appendices can be found on the Town of Willsboro website (www.townofwillsboro,com, click on Comprehensive Plan).

The Steering Committee encourages Willsboro citizens to take this opportunity to review their progress and to discuss their concerns and ideas related to land use and future development.

Bill Bardeen and John Oliver are co-chairs of the Willsboro Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee.

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