Granite State Future (GSF) has been written about numerous times previously on this blog. A Granite State Future was a 3-year (2012-2014) community-based program starting with a public dialogue about what we want for the future of our communities, our regions, and our state. The output of the project are nine regional plans, one for each of the nine regional planning commissions. Ours is the Lakes Regional Planning Commission. The Lakes Region Plan can be found here.
Earlier today I saw an email promoting a bogus Granite State Future website, warning readers of the dangers of regional planning and master plans. The email said in part:
1 - "Granite State Future", the regional plan for NH, was to be a 3-year program. Even if the efforts by NH's 9 regional planning commissions have subsided, the ideas they were promoting live on in your towns' master plans. Only YOU have the power to stop them at the town level at your town/school meetings, planning, and zoning sessions.
Stop what exactly? Progress? Planning for the future?
GSF was indeed a 3-year program. The plans were developed and written in three years. It is critical to understand (and not omit), that under RSA 36:47 (I), each of the nine regional planning commissions is required to prepare a comprehensive master plan for the development of the region within its jurisdiction. These regional development plans must be renewed and readopted every 5 years.
Right here in Moultonboro, we are in the process of our Master Plan update and three chapters ( Vision, Land Use and Transportation) will be ready for public hearings later this year. The language used in the email above, suggest that Master Plans in general ought to be rejected and stopped. "Only YOU have the power to stop them ." I ask again, stop what exactly? The work of the public that provided input and participated in our Master Plan process over the past three years? "YOU" have always been a part of the process. Moultonboro residents already have control over their planning process, their master plan and their zoning. It is disturbing that some people and groups just won’t bury this dead horse and keep trying to scare people with information that is utterly and completely bogus.