Comprehensive Planning Committee
The Selectmen appointed members of the Comprehensive Planning Committee in February 2018 to update our 2002 comprehensive plan.
Committee members were selected from Town Committees to represent content areas that are important to the prosperity and future of the island and its residents: land conservation, planning and growth management, groundwater protection, code enforcement, protection of our history, public safety services, technological infrastructure, roads, harbors and public lands and services.
Town plans need to be updated every decade or so in order to meet the State’s requirements for “consistency findings”. Without a current and approved Comprehensive Plan, the town does not meet grant program rules for eligibility for state-funded grant programs such as the Shore and Harbor Planning Grants or Coastal Community Grants. These and other state funded grants have served the town well for funding improvements at the Wright Landing Municipal Boat Launch and at Clough Point Town Preserve.
The plan is expected to take 18-24 months to complete and will involve the active participation, and the input, of town residents through workshops and surveys. The plan will be based on a common vision for our town’s future.
The Committee will be meeting on the fourth Thursday of the month at the Town Office, with work groups meeting on most Thursdays. Residents are welcome to attend.
Town residents are encouraged to review the 2002 plan and consider the direction and vision outlined and where updates are warranted.
Vision Statement Resulting From Survey -
A survey of Westport Island stakeholders, conducted in July and August, was done to see how Westporters felt the town should evolve over the next 10-20 years. An overwhelming 295 survey responses were received and they formed the basis of a draft Vision Statement. The summary of the survey responses can be found here.
Once approved by the voters in November, the Vision Statement will form the basis for the Comprehensive Plan update to follow.
That draft Vision Statement can be found by clicking here.
|Richard "Dick" Barker||Member|
|Gerald "Jerry" Bodmer||Member|
|Frank "Bud" Gallagher||Member|