Windham officials to discuss development
During a joint meeting between the Planning Board and Economic Development Committee on Wednesday, members from both boards discussed their mutual goals for the future.
“We’d like to discuss any new ideas and initiatives that might be included next time around,” Scott said on Wednesday.
“One thing we didn’t do as well was in reducing the tax burden on residents, which was a major goal in 2005,” Valentine said.
“This is true,” he added. “It’s very clear that more non-residential development will be needed to reduce the burden.”
“The town has failed to plan for necessary infrastructure,” he said, noting that another 2005 goal, this one to increase the commercial industrial tax base by 10 percent, likewise hasn’t been met.
A warrant item placed on the March 2014 ballot, asking voters to approve a $35,000 study to explore possible municipal water options, failed to pass.
The study would have explored water sources and supply options along Route 111 as well as the Exit 3 interchange on Interstate 93.
“We can use this as a frame — not just on how to lower the tax rate but on how we can improve family life here in Windham,” Selectman Joel Desilets said.
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