, Derry, New Hampshire


June 6, 2013

Three towns offer input on region's future

Residents from three area towns got a chance to give their input on what the region’s future should look like.

About 20 residents representing Londonderry, Derry and Windham met Saturday at Ernest P. Barka Elementary School in Derry to take part in a regional visioning workshop hosted by the Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission.

Topics of the morning session included focusing on key questions about each town’s life and where it’s headed in the future including transportation, open space, attracting business, maintaining charm and character, and economic development.

Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission executive director David Preece said the workshop’s information will be used to update a regional master plan for release by 2015.

“There is a lot going on within our region,” Preece said.

After Preece welcomed the workshop participants, he instructed them to break in to three smaller groups for a more intimate discussion about the region’s future.

All suggestions would prove helpful in the end, Preece said.

He said similar visioning workshops were scheduled in other communities, too, giving those residents their say in what they felt should happen in their towns and Southern New Hampshire.

“We will then take all the info from the visioning sessions and are in the second year of drafting up our plan,” Preece said.

By December, a draft of the plan should be ready.

The topics of conversation moved from one subject to another quickly as focus groups were assigned specific questions to answer about transportation, using land wisely, natural environment and protection, energy and how to make communities economically viable.

Londonderry resident Anne Chiampa said the area has changed a lot and continues to do so.

“I’ve seen it all, Interstate 93 coming in to the cow pasture I used to play in,” she said.

Chiampa said Londonderry is facing more major development with the proposed Woodmont Commons plan and future plans for Pettingill Road.

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