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A regional plan for growth?

David Beach  |  11/08/06 @ 2:12pm

It was interesting that a top priority identified at the recent Regional Town Meeting of Voices & Choices was "Plan for the future development and growth of the region."

People are asking: How can we come together and talk about where it's best to develop land and where it's best to conserve land? How can we talk about issues of equity and the fiscal disparities between rich and poor communities? And how can we do this on a regional scale, the only geography that matters?

We've done some thinking about what such a plan might be like. It should include strategies for conservation, development/redevelopment, transportation, farmland protection, affordable housing, and regional tax-base sharing. The product would be a clear set of development priorities for the region — priorities that would have public support and help people understand the trade-offs between developing one place over another.

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