Town residents asked: How do you envision Milford’s future?By NANCY BEAN FOSTER
Union Leader Correspondent
July 16. 2013 5:22PM
MILFORD — Ensuring that the town’s regulations fall in line with what residents see as the future of neighborhood developments is the goal of a special meeting set for next week.
On July 23, the town will be hosting an open house to get a sense of what citizens see as the future housing needs and wants for Milford.
“The open house is to get community input on what types of housing people would like to see where, following up on the housing chapter of the master plan,” said Bill Parker, Director of Community Development.
Issues such as choice, affordability, increased density, livability and walk-ability will be on the table during the open house, said Parker.
Town Planner Jodi Levandowski said the input from the community will be used to create a neighborhood overlay that would help govern the development of new housing, and would augment an existing overlay that regulates the creation of neighborhoods with five or more homes, while taking into consideration the town’s open space and conservation land.
“The overlay would be tailored to specifically address goals for conservation and open space connections, transportation and mobility needs, multigenerational housing demand, economic development, infrastructure, services, neighborhood character and livability,” said Levandowski.
The Milford Planning Board began looking at creating an overlay following a regulatory audit of the town’s zoning ordinances and development regulations. It was determined during the audit, which was funded by a grant and conducted by the Nashua Regional Planning Commission, an overlay would be a better fit with the master plan if it were in place instead of traditional zoning regulations.
The open house is Tuesday, July 23, at 6:30 p.m. at Town Hall. Parker said that because the study is grant-funded, community input is essential.