ROCKLAND – The Rockland Comprehensive Planning Commission has completed its work on updating the 2012 Comprehensive Plan, and the Mayor and City Council invite the public to attend a workshop via Zoom on Wednesday January 12 at 5:30 p.m. to review the plan .
“Once adopted by the city council, the comprehensive plan becomes the model to guide development and support shared community goals and objectives around topics such as: housing, conservation of natural resources, economic development and sustainability”, Mayor Ed Glaser said in a press release. published by the city on January 7. âIt’s an important tool for building common understandings, setting goals and making decisions that affect us all. “
The planning process began in 2017 and has been assisted by planning consultants from the Musson Group since 2019. Public input, data review and discussion of land use, interrelated economic and social issues have taken place. was the hallmark of the planning approach. which led to this specific set of recommendations to help Rockland address an array of challenges and opportunities in the years to come, the city said in the press release.
âThe Comprehensive Planning Commission has actively sought public input throughout the five-year plan development process,â said Julie Lewis, who has chaired the Commission since 2017. âWe held seven public meetings between October 2017 and September 2019 before COVID. -19 limited our ability to come together. Our meetings over the past two years have been on Zoom, but we’ve always incorporated public comment periods as well as city council commentary to help inform the process. We also took a lot of advice from The Rockland Heart and Soul Project, which surveyed hundreds of Rockland residents to find out what matters most to them.
The full draft of the updated plan can be viewed on the city’s website (www.rocklandmaine.gov/comp-plan/). Hard copies of the plan are available at the following locations: Rockland City Hall, Rockland Public Library, and the Flanagan Center.
The Comprehensive Planning Commission will make the final changes to the plan after the Jan. 12 workshop, and then forward the updated plan to the State of Maine for review. Final adoption by Rockland City Council will take place after state approval of the plan.
Information on how to join the January 12 meeting is available on the city’s website – www.rocklandmaine.gov.
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