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December 19, 2013

Master plan implemention work to begin

LONDONDERRY — Now that the town has a new approved master plan, it’s time to take the next step.

Names are now officially being put on the list to be part of an implementation subcommittee to work on the new document and how to move forward.

This is the town’s first updated master plan since 2004. The board approved the document earlier this year.

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.

“It’s usually a 10-year shelf life,” Rugg said. “And some master plans get rapidly outdated.”

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

The call went out last month to find people willing to serve.

Rugg had suggested keeping some of the steering committee members on board to continue as the implementation team to keep the momentum moving.

“Ideas don’t end with the master plan,” he said. “We follow up with the implementation. Hopefully, we’ll get a good spectrum of ages groups involved, too.”

The response was strong.

“We got a healthy response,” town planner John Vogl said. “This committee will be a subcommittee of the Planning Board.”

Those interested in serving include original steering committee members Joe Green, Barbara Mee, Mary Tetrault, Mike Speltz and Deb Paul. New faces include Ann Ciampa, Ted Combes, Tammy Seikmann and Tim Seikmann.

In addition, Town Manager Kevin Smith will be part of the implementation team, along with Planning Board members Chris Davies and Mary Soares.

The group will meet on a quarterly basis.

Copies of the updated master plan are available through the town website and at Leach Library.

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