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Committee to help implement Londonderry's new master plan

Union Leader Correspondent

November 17. 2013 9:40PM

LONDONDERRY — It’s been months since the Planning Board approved the town’s new master plan, and last week the board agreed a new committee would be formed to decide how to best put that plan into action.

“We’d put it off for a while because we were busy with Woodmont Commons,” board Chairman Art Rugg said.

With the board having given its conditional approval to the ambitious 600-acre town village project along Interstate 93 earlier this fall, Rugg said it’s time to continue moving forward with Londonderry’s future.

The town’s newest master plan, all 224-pages of it, was approved by the board in March, representing Londonderry’s first master plan update in nearly a decade.

It’s been a lengthy process that has been overseen by a steering committee made up of town officials, various board and committee members, residents and business owners, with experts from the University of New Hampshire’s Survey Center polling residents on their visions for Londonderry’s future.

The advisory document spans all aspects of the town’s potential growth, including historical and agricultural preservation, economic development and infrastructure, among other things.

Last week, Assistant Public Works Director John Trottier advised the board that forming a committee might be the best option.

“There needs to be people taking responsibility for this,” Trottier said. “It has turned out to be a great document, one that could really be productive and change our future for the better. But it will take time to implement this plan, and the time to act is right now.”

Board member Leitha Reilly, who chaired the Master Plan Steering Committee during the document’s development process, wondered if the time had come to put the call out for Master Plan Committee volunteers.

Rugg said Reilly and the dozen or so other committee members might be the best place to start.

“You’ve been following this issue the closest,” he said. “And I know some of you feel pretty strongly about staying involved.”

Board member Al Sypek agreed.

“That makes the most sense,” he said.

Reilly said she, for one, was up for the task.

“I believed strongly in this then and I do now,” she told Rugg. “A new committee would be the best way to get things done, to leave things to be considered and debated. Of course, new blood is always welcome too.”

Once the Master Plan Committee begins its work, members will provide monthly updates to the

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