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Warren passes amendment to Town Plan: New municipal facilities in the works

10/11/2007

By Kara Herlihy

At a public hearing on Tuesday, October 9, the Warren Select Board (BOS) approved an amendment to the Town Plan that includes a long-term plan for public municipal facilities. 

The Warren Planning Commission unanimously approved the amendment after no residents showed up for a public hearing August 27.

The amendment will revise chapter eight of the Warren Town Plan, called "Serving the Community." Two paragraphs to be inserted reference the master plan and the process the town used to create it.

STRENGTHENING THE VILLAGE

It also includes several new "implementation strategies" for an objective that calls for "maintaining and strengthening the village as the center for town government and activities."

Select Board member Barry Simpson commended the Planning Commission for their efforts. Simpson also said he is "still not convinced of the desirability of moving the parking lot."

According to the amendment, the facilities plan serves as "a road map that describes how the municipal facilities should be used, where they should be located and how they can grow."

TOWN-OWNED FACILITIES

The goal is to create a village center as well as make best use of town-owned facilities, planning commissioners have said.

The facilities plan called for a new library building, either as a stand-alone structure between the municipal building and town hall or as an addition to the municipal building.

A private home in front of the municipal building is to be removed from the site once the parcel becomes available to the town, according to the facilities plan.

The plan incorporates ideas from a community charrette that drew over 50 Warren residents last November.

The select board had reviewed the proposed amendment several times and it was completely revised before adopting it officially Tuesday night.

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