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New master plan for town's future to be revealed

WARRENSBURG-A blueprint for the future of the town of Warrensburg has been under development for years, and now a draft of the plan is ready to present to the public.

An informational meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 16 in the Warrensburg Elementary School to introduce the new draft Comprehensive Plan.

The town has been pursuing an update to its existing Comprehensive Plan for several years, with the help of an appointed committee of volunteers chaired by Laura Moore. The meeting will include a presentation of major themes in the plan, as well as a question and answer period. Refreshments and children's activities will be available.

The goals stated by the plan include revitalizing Main Street, expanding economic development, as well as preserving and enhancing cultural, historic, natural and recreational resources.

Specifically, plan objectives call for accommodating affordable housing needs of all ages from young families to retirees, boosting broadband access, attracting light manufacturing and additional medical services enterprises. The draft proposes establishing programs to assist homeowners in major repairs and improvements to their homes.

The committee suggested developing public transportation opportunities including bus services, as well as changing zoning to foster small businesses while discouraging strip-mall development.

The plan calls for establishing boat launches, scenic view parking areas, and expanding the library and its resources.

In a move to encourage hamlet sustainability, the plan calls for retail development along Main Street with zoning changes to encourage upstairs apartments.

The planners envision residents shopping in the local stores, supporting local entrepreneurs while minimizing the need to commute to purchase necessities.

The plan also suggests exploring environmentally-friendly hydropower development, and boosting access to existing recreational resources, including sites for boating, hiking, fishing, kayaking, snowmobile and multi-use trails, scenic byways, and golfing.

In that vein, the plan proposes to connect biking and hiking trails to other neighboring networks, and to establish a formal trailhead to Hackensack Mountain.

The plan also calls for local citizens to devise strategies for getting the many thousands of tourists who drive through town daily to stop and spend time and money here.

For details on the Comprehensive Plan project, or to download a draft, see: townofwarrensburg.org. A copy of the Plan will be available at the town Hall and Richards Library.

Development of the plan was partially funded by a state Local Waterfront Revitalization grant. The town hired Saratoga Springs-based Elan Planning to draft the Comprehensive Plan.

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