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Sebec to investigate comprehensive plan

Article from The Piscataquis Observer, Vol. 164, No. 52, December 25, 2002

By Jessica Lee
Staff Writer

SEBEC The selectmen last week charged the planning board with determining whether the town should compile a comprehensive plan.

"We need [the planning board] to determine that it's the right thing to do," said Selectman Buzz Small. "What are the advantages and disadvantages? We need an estimation of costs and resources and available grants. And we need to find out if this is really being mandated.

"We, as a town, need a clear picture," he added.

State statute gives local control to towns and counties in planning for growth and change that affect land use. A comprehensive plan provides statistics and information on population, land use and zoning, and allows the community to determine a future path for development. Maine law requires the comprehensive plan to be consistent with the town's zoning regulations.

Citizens have started to come forward to investigate comprehensive plans and gather information.

Instead of appointing a comprehensive plan committee, the selectmen agreed to request the planning board to begin the process.

"I'd feel more comfortable if this is filtered through the planning board," said Selectman Susan Dow. "I don't want to see two efforts in town."

NOTE - This article reflects the views of the author and not necessarily those of the TRC Alliance Team.