Article 10 - $18,000 to create a plan to create a Master Plan  (127 Views)  (1 Comments)

Warrant Article Created By: Planning Board

Results Votes in Favor Votes opposed Total Votes Required To Pass
1229 1481 50%
Rational Taxpayer's recommends voting No

Shall the Town of Hampton vote to raise and appropriate the sum of $18,000 for the purpose of contracting professional planning services for the completion of a series of Phase I tasks intended to provide the foundation for a future update of the Town of Hampton Master Plan. Per RSA 674:1, it is the duty of the Planning Board to prepare and amend from time to time a master plan to guide the development of the municipality. Further, RSA 674:3.II states that revisions to the plan are recommended every 5 to 10 years. Most chapters of the existing Town of Hampton Master Plan are considerably older than 10 years, and the Plan as a whole is not in a user-friendly format.

This Article is for Phase I only, and the proposed tasks to be completed during this initial phase of work include establishing and facilitating a Master Plan Steering Committee, facilitating intermunicipal coordination, initiating a visioning process resulting in a draft Vision Chapter, and preparing (with Steering Committee gUidance e) a Master Plan Template outlining anticipated chapters and general content areas. It is also anticipated that technology will be utilized to engage with the residents of Hampton. The deliverables from Phase I will provide the Town of Hampton Planning Board with options for pursuing Phase II of the project, which would involve the full update of the Town's Master Plan. This shall be a non-lapsing appropriation per RSA 32:7, VI and shall not lapse until the purpose of this Article is completed or by December 3 1, 202 1, whichever is sooner? (Majority vote required)

Recommended by the Planning Board 7-0-0

Recommended by the Board of Selectmen 5-0-0

Not Recommended by the Municipal Budget Committee 2-6-0

Fiscal Impact Note (Finance Dept.) The estimated 2019 tax impact on $18,000 is $0.005 per $1,000 valuation (five tenths of one cent per thousand dollars of valuation).

Posted in: Unfavorable, Money

Comments

# Jerry Znoj Wednesday, February 6, 2019 3:27 AM
Sounds bureaucratic and work to make work . Another book to sit on a shelf and gather dust? What specifically are the shortfalls of the existing plan ? How close did we follow the existing plan ? Why can't the Planning department drive the issue with a self appointed committee, at least the ist phase of it ? How long will phase one take to do ? Give me more money that's all you hear from all the departments of the town! Interesting to note that the town finished the year with over $400,000 of money available. Vote no on this article

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