2010-07-15 / News

Comprehensive Plan focus of commission’s efforts

By Iain Wilson

Review and discussion of the town’s Comprehensive Plan continued during last Wednesday’s meeting of the Jamestown Planning Commission.

Though there were no items for vote on the table, the group spent a considerable amount of time discussing policy, action and a timeframe for issues such as freshwater resources and coastal resources.

A thick packet containing a chart of policies, recommended action for those policies and a timeframe to complete the actions was distributed to commission members.

The discussion was just one of many to be held during the next several months, as the commission reviews each section of the Comprehensive Plan. In the meantime, the town will also tally responses to the recently distributed Comprehensive Plan survey and hold sessions for public discussions.

When discussions come to a close and the responses are counted, the town will go forward with updating Jamestown’s Comprehensive Plan – essentially the blueprint for the town.

Following talk of the Comprehensive Plan, the commission looked to elect a new chair, vice chair and secretary. These votes are usually taken in June, but the commission decided to wait until ex-commissioner Barry Holland’s departure and the appointment of commissioner Dan Knoll.

Current commission chair Michael Swistak said that although there was an opportunity to create a nominating committee, a simple vote was likely sufficient.

Commissioner Michael Smith then nominated Swistak to maintain his post as chair, and Swistak was welcomed back with a unanimous vote.

Current vice chair Duncan Pendlebury was nominated again, and he too received a unanimous vote of support.

The commission has been operating without an official secretary for years, with Town Planner Lisa Bryer bearing minute taking responsibilities. After several minutes of deliberation, the newest commission member, Dan Knoll, volunteered to fill the secretary role.

The Planning Commission will next meet on Wednesday, July 21, at 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall.

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