Friday, October 4, 2002
Town considers more long-range planning
On September 24 the Carlisle Selectmen and Planning Board held a joint meeting, which included a discussion of the merits of long-term planning. In particular, the planning board recommended that the town apply for up to $30,000 in state funding offered to towns writing community development plans. The grant program is part of Executive Order 418, which encourages towns to create the plans to "identify locations for new housing opportunities while still preserving the unique character of their communities." Another component of the plans is a study of the town's transportation infrastructure.
The Metropolitan Area Planning Council has reviewed Carlisle's various existing planning documents, and gave preliminary advice on which portions could be used to meet the requirements of the community development plan.
The selectmen agreed that long-range planning was valuable, but board member John Ballantine pointed out that it was hard to get people to do long-term planning when they feel "in a sense of crises" due to current budget constraints. Planning board chair Kate Reid felt that long-term planning is important when the town is cutting the budget, and said, "Just because you put the car in reverse, doesn't mean you close your eyes and don't look where you're going."
The planning board will gather more information about the grant applications, and the topic will be discussed again at the October 8 selectmen's meeting.
The joint meeting also included an executive session to discuss litigation.
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