As we continue to think about the future and our ability to keep and attract people of all age groups, another conversation will occur tonight. At one end of the spectrum is a presentation by the Laconia Area Community Land Trust for some perspective on affordable housing. An example of their projects is Harriman Hill in Wolfeboro. "Harriman Hill II consists of 24 permanently affordable apartments in six buildings. Rent up is underway. Co-developed with our partners Eastern Lakes Region Housing Coalition, Harriman Hill is a three-phase development located on a 35-acre site off Pine Hill Road (Rte.109A). Phases I and II include a mix of one–, two–and three-bedroom apartments. Phase III will offer single-family and duplex units available for sale to income-qualified buyers. "
Planning Board Chair Scott Bartlett and Town Planner Bruce Woodruff will present Moultonboro's progress and ideas on housing for the Master Plan update.
Both presentations will be about 15 minutes.
I don't know what Moultonboro's solution will be in regards to housing for both younger families and older retirees , but I can envision it being our own unique answer. I have learned in my now three and one half years of public office an six and one half years of blogging, that our town for the most part does things its own way and relatively slowly. We are unique and want to retain the things that make us unique, but at the same, we need to respond to the changes that are coming and are for the most part, out of our control.
How to best do that is the key question.
As we are faced with new businesses that want to come to our town that some do not want at all, or do not like the location proposed, we need to keep in mind that we have been practically begging for citizen participation the last few years as we develop a new Master Plan. I suspect that many citizens do not recognize the legal ramifications of zoning ordinances nor the roles of the Land Use boards in crafting them or enforcing them. We need also respect the rights of property owners to achieve full value for the properties they own and wish to develop.
Getting involved in future planning is a lot more than starting and signing petitions. In some ways it is safe to say that the future is now, as decisions made on zoning this next year or two at the ballot box, will have implications well into the future.