Norwich to Discuss Changes to Town Plan

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Norwich — The Selectboard has scheduled a special meeting on Wednesday to discuss revisions to the Town Plan, including a possible survey of residents’ views.

Town plans are periodically revised documents that reflect the community’s vision for future land use. This iteration of the Norwich Town Plan has received close scrutiny from a group of residents concerned about its potential to support development in town.

Two board members, Selectman Steve Flanders and Selectboard Chairwoman Mary Layton, have signed on to a memo proposing a townwide survey to glean residents’ opinions on what the plan should or should not include.

“Such a survey could help the Selectboard inform its decisions on what changes to make, if any,” the board members said in their Dec. 28 memo.

Discussion of that idea was postponed during this past Wednesday’s regular Selectboard meeting, but it also appears on next week’s agenda. Some of the same board members also are discussing the possibility of a townwide advisory vote in their materials for the gathering.

The special meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 17, in Tracy Memorial Hall.

In addition to that meeting, public forums are planned for 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 20, and for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 23.