It’s likely that each Canton resident might describe community character a little differently. So it's no surprise that differences on how the town should grow have been at the heart of many discussions at town meetings, around the dinner table and local coffee shops.
With that in
mind, a committee charged with updating the town's Plan of Conservation and
Development has spent numerous hours working on a plan they hope utilizes
creative ideas to guide the town's future and balance competing interests.
results of those ideas are now available on the town's web site
for public perusal.
While towns are
asked to update the plan every 10 years, those involved said they've also
worked very hard to develop a plan that is relevant, carries an implementation
plan and offers ways to track progress.
With that the
proposed 2014-2024 Plan is divided into a Strategic Plan
and Implementation Plan.
Pade said the plan seeks to strike a balance among competing interests as well as approach problems creatively.
"This plan is actually very proactive," said Town Planner Neil Pade.
For example, the plan utilizes the concept of districts, acknowledging that the character of lower Route 44 is much different that North Canton.
The document also
suggests several concepts for growth, including concepts such as
infill, redevelopment and mixed use.
In addition to
mixed use, one suggestion for housing includes Density‐Based Zoning Density‐based zoning (DBZ), which "controls
residential development on a units per acre basis rather than the minimum lot size
basis of conventional zoning."
Chapters in the planning document include Community character,
Natural Resources, Open Space, Agriculture, Economic Development, Residential Development,
Community Facilities and Services, Transportation, Utilities, Districts,
Future Land Use Plan and Next Steps.
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The plan will now go through an approval process before it is eventually adopted.
The next step will be a Public Information Meeting at 7 p.m. on Oct. 29, 2013 in Room “F” of the Library/ Community Center, 40 Dyer Ave.
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