Published DateSANBORNTON — The Sanbornton Planning Board will hold a public hearing, as required by state law,
to present to the public the proposed new master plan for the Town of Sanbornton.
The hearing will be held on Thursday, March 7 at 7 p.m. in the meeting room of the Sanbornton Town Office located at 573 Sanborn Road (NH Route 132).
The new Master Plan is an up-date of the previous Master Plan which was adopted in 1995. Under state law, communities are not required to have a Master Plan but may choose to adopt such a plan on a voluntary basis. The Planning Board is granted the authority by state law to prepare, adopt and/or amend, from time to time, the Town's Master Plan. Any communities wishing to adopt a zoning ordinance are required by state law to have a Master Plan in place.
The proposed Master plan was prepared over a four year period by the Master Plan Advisory Committee (MPAC) which contained members of various Town boards and committees as well as representatives of various community organizations and interested citizens. The MPAC members were appointed as volunteers by the Board of Selectmen. The MPAC worked with Town Planner Bob Ward to prepare the draft
Master Plan which was then presented to the Sanbornton Planning Board for its review, amendment and eventual presentation to the public prior to adoption.
At the Public Hearing the Planning Board will present and review the content of the proposed Master Plan for public information as well as to answer any questions or accept any in-put from the public. Generally the Master Plan contains information about the natural and man-made resources of the Town and the results of a public opinion survey which was conducted during the early stages of the planning process. The Plan provides a comprehensive set of land use recommendations intended to guide decision-making concerning the growth and development of the town of Sanbornton for the next fifteen years. The Master Plan is ultimately a policy document which sets a recommended course to be followed and should be
understood as not having the force of law as a zoning regulation does. Any decision concerning the Town's Zoning Ordinance will be made by vote of the Town Meeting.
Prior to the public hearing, copies of the proposed Master Plan are available for review at the Town Office or the Town Library. Circulation copies of the Master Plan may be signed out at the Town Library. The proposed Master Plan is also available for viewing on-line on the Town website at www.sanborntonnh.org. Persons interested in purchasing a copy of the Master Plan may do so at the Town Office for a purchase price of $25.
Anyone having questions concerning the proposed Master Plan or the hearing and adoption process may contact the Town Planner at 286-8303.