DERRY — It was one last opportunity for the public to voice opinions on what makes a the town successful, what improvements can be made moving forward.

Derry's master plan update continued with a final public forum on Oct. 30.

Those attending had one last chance to give thoughts on what Derry's priorities should be moving forward and what goals should top the list of things to get done over as part of town planning over the next decade.

The master plan process is typically done every five to 10 years.

Derry had its last master plan update approved in 2010 and that included community profiles, surveys and collective meetings joining many stakeholders in the process.

The Lexington, Massachusetts-based Community Circle group is supporting Derry with the master plan update.

Past public forums have offered information and input from residents, business owners and other stakeholders about what's best for the town, what the future holds and what people might like to see in Derry.

At the most recent and final public forum, Community Circle principal Daphne Politis gave one more overview of the process, that included giving an overview of the master plan work and then allowing residents to break out to six different implementation stations to write additional thoughts on six identified goals.

Those goals — Making Derry a Destination; Encouraging Economic Development Activity; Opportunities and Challenges provided by Exit 4A; Promoting Derry as a place to Live; Health and Wellness; Conserve Energy & Plan for Resilience — and any additional final feedback will be included in the final master plan.

"What change is desirable, how do you provide that change? How do you preserve what is most dear to you?" Politis asked participants at the forum. "You want to guide that growth so it results in changes you desire."

Derry Planning Director George Sioras said the process has garnered a lot of public support and information on how residents' feel about their community and its future.

"There was a lot of participation, with online surveys, we were able to get great input," he said.

For information on the master plan in Derry, visit

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