Present: Chair Jeff Miller, Vice-Chair Dennis Marcom, Jason Perron, Jeff White, Select Board Representative Steve Dalessio, Walpole Conservation Commission Chair Alicia Flammia.
The facilitator for the meeting was SWRPC Senior Planner, Lisa Murphy.
The Workshop meeting was very productive. The group finished looking at the final sections of the Master Plan. The process was to look at the existing Master Plan objectives to determine if they were still relevant and, if so, consider an action plan for achieving each of these objectives. The objectives that were deemed not relevant were usually now being covered by a new ordinance or condition in the site plan. New objectives were also proposed.
The sections of the Master Plan covered in this workshop were Natural Features, Traffic and Transportation and Existing Land Use. Discussion of the objectives and actions in the sections on Population and Housing took place at previous meetings.
Ms. Murphy suggested adding two sections to the Master Plan that she felt the Board should consider adding at its next meeting. These sections were Community Facilities and Services and Economic Development/Utilities/Energy. These topics appear to be on the minds of most people in towns the size of Walpole.
Ms. Murphy will be back for another fourth Tuesday workshop meeting on February 25, 2020, and return with the specific objectives and actions discussed at previous meeting that will now become part of the updated Master Plan. She’ll also explore the two new Master Plan sections with the group.