Friday, October 23, 2015

2nd Annual Convention of Committees

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.

11 comments:

Joseph Cormier said...

The on-line version of the Meredith News, allows for reading it, even if out of town. Maybe everyone should read the Oct. 22nd front page, regarding "Economic sustainability study getting off the ground in Meredith".

"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."

"... 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."

DITTO! from me.

Even what a retirement community "is, is" has to be reviewed. Some us of are already independent retirees. Some of us realize that we will get older still. Some of us are committed to staying in our present homes, as long as we can. Some of us have plans, already, if the day comes, we cannot stay in out present homes; probably due to health needs, notwithstanding in-home care companies and ancillary businesses.

Retirement communities, with "entrance fees of $300,000 plus in addition to $1,800-$2,000 a month fee schedules are not that appealing to many, even if they can afford it.

"Affordable housing" and "low-income housing" should not be confused. If someone, hell-bent on staying in their present home, has to sell and move to a "community" that provides needed attention, they will probably sell their house. If MoBo has "that community" or homes, for the elderly, there are other businesses, trades, professions, that will be needed. Builders might figure out how to make these communities attractive by building them. They might create sideline businesses to maintain them.

MoBo is not/will not be the only town (community ?) wrestling with this issue.





Anonymous said...

was the meeting video taped?

Moultonboro Blogger said...

It was not taped. It was held at the MA cafeteria

Anonymous said...

Why don't the BOS and the various committees contact Disney to see if it wants to transform Moultonborough into Celebration NH. Celebration FL is a Disney planned community for those not familiar with it. I still get the impression that the mindset of the entire governmental group is if we build it, people will come. Most municipalities build in response to a need. I like tranquility and neighbors at a reasonable distance. The zoning pretty much dictates that. Why is it so essential to alter that? Moultonborough has existed as a town for almost 250 years. It will be here for another 250 years if nothing is done and the world still exists.

Anonymous said...

Sure, let's just do nothing and everything will turn out just peachy all by itself. Now that's real Disney thinking.

Anonymous said...

To anon at 4:28- sure it will be here. So will walmart, McDonalds, Lowes...

Anonymous said...

To anon at 8:36 PM - only if the town and area has the population to support them. tamworth doesn't have zoning so I imagine it would be first choice and is only down the road. I am not worried about dealing with big box stores in my lifetime. the town can only support so many landscapers. the permanent, working population will grow only when there are meaningful private sector jobs in town.

Anonymous said...

Nonsense. Many people telecommute and many physically commute. Its life in NH.

Anonymous said...

Nonsense? Newsflash, NH is LOSING population, life in NH and Moultonborough is changing.

Anonymous said...

Newsflash- NH is NOT LOSING population. It increased by 0.8% since 2010. http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/33000.html

Anonymous said...

and Moultonborough's population has also actually INCREASED since 2010. http://newhampshire.hometownlocator.com/counties/subdivisions/data,n,town%20of%20moultonborough,id,3300349380,cfips,003.cfm