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Category Archives: Comprehensive Plan
The Comprehensive Plan Committee has released their final draft comprehensive plan which has is posted on the Minutes & Updates page and HERE.
Below is a draft document written by Anthony Sloan and presented to the committee at the July 25 meeting: Governance the Strategy DRAFT by Anthony Sloan 7-21-2011
Comprehensive Plan Committee – AGENDA 6/13/11, 6-8 PM Town Hall *Welcome *Comprehensive Plan Committee updates *Review Goal 6: Govern with openness and fiscal responsibility. *Discussion with members of the Village and Town Board *Public Input DRAFT TOW Goals and Objectives … Continue reading
Feb 5 Firehouse 9a-1p Vision Statement Workshop/Public Input Agenda: Welcome Update Vision Statements Review Discussion Next Steps Next Comprehensive Plan Committee Meeting: 2/7 Town Hall 6p-8p
The Comprehensive Plan Committee looks forward to hearing from the community regarding the Vision Statement for the Comprehensive Plan. There is a community input meeting scheduled for Saturday, February 6th, beginning at 9:00 AM at the Millbrook Fire House. We … Continue reading
The Town of Washington Town Board has the following meeting schedules: Monday, September 27th, 7:00 PM, Town of Washington Town Hall - The Town Board will be holding a workshop meeting with River Street Planning and committee Chairs to discuss the next phase of the … Continue reading
On May 22nd, the Comprehensive Plan Committee hosted an information gathering meeting at the Dutchess County Farm and Home Center. A synopsis of the comments are available at the Town website www.washingtonny.org on the Master Plan page. Residents are always … Continue reading
On May 22nd, the Town of Washington held another public input session to provide the Master Plan Revision Committee insights and suggestions for what residents envision for the future of their town. Over 100 people attended this interesting, informative meeting … Continue reading
Author : Howard Schuman Comment:
It is inappropriate at this time to be asking for comments about your draft visioning statement, which was supposed to be the original topic of the May 22 public meeting but was never discussed in open forum. Regarding the content and wording, you are for all practical purposes asking the general public to operate in a vacuum, without any explanation by yourselves as to what you believe the statement implies.
Are you suggesting by your language in the comment form that if people do not respond to it in one of the several ways that you suggested, that it signals their tacit acceptance of your draft visioning statement and there will be no “revisions to the statement as appropriate” and that there will be no future, widely advertised, public meetings, similar to the May 22 meeting in order to discuss it?
The vision statement should reflect the general consensus of the community at large. Housing issues and increased business and commercial development as well as creation of additional hamlets have placed at the bottom of community priorities. The final vision statement should reflect that.
Regarding the May 22 meeting, the term “diversity of housing” had been added to the previously published list of goals without prior notice being given to the public. This along with the Comprehensive Plan Committee’s failure to define what they mean by the term makes it a difficult item for people to comment on effectively.
Furthermore, there is a difference between what a community envisions for itself and a list of items that may be looked at at some point as part of the comprehensive plan process. It is clear that diversity of housing is not a widely held community vision. While it may be something that is looked at in some point as part of the overall process it does not belong in the vision statement. It should be removed.
Howard Schuman Continue reading