DerryNews.com, Derry, New Hampshire

February 20, 2014

Londonderry master plan group gets started

By Julie Huss
jhuss@derrynews.com

---- — LONDONDERRY — The work begins on putting the town’s newest master plan into action. Officials approved an updated plan last year, the first update since 2004.

A plan implementation team met for the first time Jan. 29 to begin the next step and move forward. The group plans to meet monthly.

The updated master plan deals with specific principles for Londonderry, including where people want to see the town go and grow in years ahead, including zoning, infrastructure, education, green space, business, economic development, recreation and historical integrity.

It’s often 10 years or more until a master plan is updated. Planning Board Chairman Art Rugg said it depends a lot on what’s going on in town.

In Londonderry’s case, there is a lot going on, with the approved Woodmont Commons project and potential growth near the airport on Pettengill Road.

Some members of the new implementation subcommittee were part of the original 15-member master plan steering committee.

In addition, Town Manager Kevin Smith will be part of the implementation team.

Town planner Cynthia May said the group’s first meeting was a good one.

“It was a very successful discussion,” she said.” They formulated rules of procedure for moving forward.”

May said the group will meet once a month as they get started. The next meeting is Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. in the Sunnycrest Conference Room at the town offices.

Information will also be posted to the public on the town’s website and also on Facebook.