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Hilltown Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, March 17, 2011

Berne to have second public hearing on comp plan

By Zach Simeone

BERNE — Local planning expert Nan Stolzenburg said recently that a town’s comprehensive plan is intended to answer three questions: Who are we? What do we want to be? And how are we going to get there?

It is a geographic research system — “a computerized database that is yours,” she told the town at its first public hearing on the plan back in February.

As the town inches its way towards adopting a revised plan, the comprehensive planning committee will hold its second public hearing on Monday, before finally submitting the document for town-board approval.

Berne’s comprehensive plan, first written in 1992, has been re-tooled in recent years by a comprehensive planning committee, a process that began meeting in August 2008 to carefully examine the plan and debate over which aspects needed to be modified, and what key points were missing. (For the full story, go to www.AltamontEnterprise.com and look under Hilltown archives for Feb. 17, 2011).

The revision process concluded at the beginning of this year, and the committee held its first public hearing on Feb. 24, followed by a two-week period during which residents could submit comments on the revised plan at Town Hall.

At 7 p.m. on Monday, March 21, the committee will hold its second public hearing on the revised plan, followed by a regular meeting of the committee. At the hearing, residents can speak their minds on the proposed revisions, ask questions, and offer suggestions.

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