The Town of Lewis is starting work on its first-ever comprehensive plan with support from an Adirondack Community Smart Growth grant.

Organizers say the effort will require extensive input and involvement from residents in order to write a meaningful plan for the town.

The Comprehensive Plan Committee has mailed a survey townwide, asking residents their opinion of Lewis today and what they want to see in the future.

Completed surveys can be dropped off at the Town Hall, Vaughan's Country Store, Kim's Karpets or the Kinney Drugs in Elizabethtown.

Additional copies of the survey can be picked up at those locations, as well. Lewis residents can also go to www.placesense.com/lewis and complete the survey online.

The group is hosting an initial community workshop starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 5, at the First Congregational Church Hall in Lewis. Doors will open at 8:30 a.m. with coffee, tea, juice and a variety of refreshments available.

The workshop will get under way at 9 a.m. and will finish by noon.

Those in attendance will talk about Lewis — how the town is today and what residents want it to become in the future. Participants will be asked to think about what they hope will stay the same about Lewis and what they want to see change.

Together, participants will write a vision statement that will be the driving force behind the Comprehensive Plan.

The group will also hold a photo contest at the workshop, so participants are asked to bring favorite photos taken in town.

More information about the planning project is available at www.placesense.com/lewis or by contacting the planner assisting with this effort, Brandy Saxton, at 546-7470.

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