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July 17. 2014 10:36PM

Milford pedestrian trails plan unveiled


A map showing trails connecting areas in Milford is a wish list of future planning. (KATHLEEN BAGLIO HUMPHREYS/Union Leader Correspondent)

MILFORD — A plan to connect various town areas by pedestrian trails was presented at the June planning board meeting and residents have until July 31 to share their comments and ideas.

The plan was funded by a $10,000 New Hampshire Planning Grant with a $2,500 in-kind service to be matched.

The plan’s goal is to develop a townwide pedestrian, bike trail and recreation connectivity plan as a guideline for future paths in town. It looked at safe routes for walkers, bikers, runners, people with limited mobility or no transportation. It also looked at connecting key areas in town, such as the Oval, schools or businesses and economic regions, with an eye on the economic impact.

Nashua Regional Planning Commission representative Jennifer DiNovo and Milford Town Planner Jodie Levandowski showed the board two maps outlining the plan; a mile radius of the Oval and a townwide map.

“The plan is a best-case scenario. A lot of the trails and sidewalks shown are a glorified wish list and not all would be able to happen, but it’s what the town, Conservation Commission and residents have come up with. Some of the trails cut through private property, and that would require easements and conversations would have to happen with the landowners. The document is for land planning and for new developments in town,” said Levandowski.

The process began in May with a meeting that brought together Conservation Commission members, NRPC members, community leaders, walkers, runners and other stakeholders who then developed the maps based upon comments. The maps will be revised after the public comment period is over at the end of the month.

The public comment period ends July 31. Send written comments to Community Development Office, 1 Union Square, Milford 03055 or by email to jlevandowski@milford.nh.gov.

The maps are available at www.milfordnh.gov.us.


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