The Town issued a Request for Proposals for the development of Phase I of the 2015 Master Plan.
The Town entered into a contact with the Southern NH Planning Commission (SNHPC) to provide assistance to the Planning Board on the development of Phase I of the Master Plan. The Scope of Work can be found here.
A presentation was made by David Preece, Executive Director of SNHPC at the April 30, 2014 Planning Board meeting.
The Master Plan Survey is was completed on July 3rd and the results will be presented at the July 30th Planning Board meeting and is available here.
Community Visioning Worksop
A Community Visioning Workshop took place on Wednesday, July 16th at Searles School and Chapel (3 Chapel Road) from 7-9pm. This workshop was an opportunity to let the Planning Board know what the Town is doing well and what can be improved upon in the following 6 areas – natural and cultural resources, economic development, transportation, housing, community facilities, and recreation. View the presentation here.
The results of the Workshop will be presented at the July 30th Planning Board meeting and can be found here.
Upcoming Planning Board 2015 Master Plan Workshops
July 30th - Results of Community Survey and Community Visioning Workshop presented; Start Community Vision and Goals Chapter
August 13th - Regional Concerns Chapter, Demographics Chapter and Land Use Chapter
September 10th - Complete Community Vision and Goals Chapter, Regional Concerns Chapter, Demographics Chapter and Land Use Chapter
October 29th - Final Presentation of Phase I of Master Plan
Phase I Chapters
Current Land Use August 13th Draft
Regional Concerns August 13th Draft
Demographics August 13th Draft
Community Vision & Goals July 30th Draft
2015 Master Plan in the News
"Master Plan Update Going out to Bid" March 14, 2014
"Windham residents asked for their ideas in town planning" April 29, 2014
"Windham to Survey Residents on their Vision of the Future" May 6, 2014
"Windham to survey residents on future vision" May 7, 2014
"Windham Master Plan 2015: Coming Soon" and "Community to be Surveyed on Uses for Former Skate Park" May 9, 2014
"Windham seeks input on new Master Plan" July 9, 2014
"Windham Officials to Discuss Development" July 12, 2014
If you have comments you would like to share on the 2015 Master Plan, please email 2015MasterPlan@windhamnewhampshire.com.
Please contact Laura Scott, Community Development Director, at 432-3806 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions on the 2015 Master Plan process or would like additional information.
MASTER PLAN FAQs:
Why do we need a Master Plan?
It is a State requirement upon which our Zoning Ordinance, Subdivision Regulations, Site Plan Regulations, Capital Improvements Plan, and other related regulations depend.
What is the Master Plan?
As defined by the State:
“The purpose of the master plan is to set down as clearly and practically as possible the best and most appropriate future development of the [town], to aid the [planning] board in designing ordinances that result in preserving and enhancing the unique quality of life and culture of New Hampshire, and to guide the board in the performance of its other duties in a manner that achieves the principles of smart growth, sound planning, and wise resource protection.”
Who has oversight of the update?
It is the Planning Board’s statutory duty to oversee the updating of the Master Plan.
What does the Town do with the Master Plan?
The Board of Selectmen uses the Master Plan in legislative and policy-related decisions they encounter: upgrading of roads; approval of conservation land purchases; Town-wide policy decisions.
The Planning Board uses the Master Plan to guide them in judicial site plan review: assure that an application is consistent with the town’s goals. The Planning Board also uses the Master Plan in a legislative capacity: proposing amendments to the Zoning Map and the Zoning Ordinance.
2012 RECREATION MASTER PLAN
The Planning Board adopted the 2012 Recreation Master Plan, which was developed by the Recreation Committee.
Please contact Cheryl Haas, Recreation Coordinator, at 965-1208 or email@example.com if you have any questions on this Master Plan.
2005 MASTER PLAN FAQs:
What was the process for creating the 2005 Master Plan?
Taintor & Associates, a professional planning consulting firm, conducted extensive public outreach and coordinated with the Planning Board, and staff to create this document.
What is different with this Master Plan as compared to past plans?
This plan was formulated using more citizen’s input and it includes a new section on ‘Economic Development’ that assists the Town in working the difficult issue of balancing commercial, residential, and open land use.
Perhaps one of the most important sections is the ‘Implementation’ section, to ensure that we have a roadmap for implementing the directed changes, as brought out through the citizen input and subcommittees. The intent of this section is a long-range action program of specific actions, time frames, allocation of responsibility for actions, description of land development regulations to be adopted, and procedures, which the Town may use to monitor and measure the effectiveness of each section of the plan. (text from the state)
What is the lifespan of our current Master Plan?
The current Master Plan was initiated in 2005 and has a lifespan of 10 years.
The plan is nearing the end of its 10-year lifespan, where does it stand today?
Since 2005, the Planning Board and Community Development staff have completed an annual “Benchmark Review” to determine what goals of the Master Plan have been accomplished, what goals are no longer applicable due to changing conditions, and what goals are still relevant.
Please contact Elizabeth Wood, Community Planner, at 432-3806 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions regarding the 2005 Master Plan.