About 25 or so volunteer board and commission members attended last nights session. After a brief presentation by all five Selectmen and Town Administrator, highlighting our vision, goals, objectives and 2015 retreat update , the floor was opened for a round table discussion.
In a nutshell, the main discussions centered around what we want to be in Moultonboro and how do we work together to get there. Nodal zoning as well as form based zoning was discussed to allow for a more desirable type of development along route 25 that will hopefully prevent the growth of strip malls up an down the corridor. Infrastructure was a clear barrier: water, sewer and broadband. These are available on the " west village" as it was called by Scott Bartlett, chair of the Planning Board, and should we invest in extending sewer from near the Center Harbor border to the Village district?
Interestingly, the company that owns the fiber optic cables that run along route 25, have no customers in Moultonboro.
Affordable housing was also a big topic. There were concerns that affordable housing in the neighborhood of $150k , would attract what we don't want in town. This is an opinion I strongly disagreed with. I believe we need to put in place the tools that allow investors to build homes a young family can afford and that older families can transition to as they downsize and live on fixed incomes. We need to remember that we are a community which includes all age groups.
Another topic was whether we are retirement community and should we focus more on that aspect or do we want to try and attract more business and young families? I believe the answer is yes to all the above. I want to see Moultonboro become a vibrant community, with manageable growth that welcomes both young and old. I did ask the question as I looked around the room of where are the younger residents? We need to hear from them as well.
All in all, it was two hours or so well spent in tying to get us all on the same page as we head toward the future.