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Rindge

Public hearing on Master Plan tonight

At their meeting on March 18, members of the Planning Board voted unanimously to hold a public hearing tonight, April 1, at 7 p.m. to discuss the Plan NH Charrette and the request from voters to remove the item from the Rindge Master Plan Document.

Residents voted to approve petition Article 29 on the town warrant this year, which asks the Planning Board to remove the Charrette from the Master Plan. The information contained in the Charrette compiles over a decade of information detailing commercial development plans around the intersection of Routes 202 and 119.

The only thing stopping the development was the current zoning ordinance. Article 2 on the warrant asked voters to amend the current zoning ordinance to allow for development, but was ultimately rejected by voters.

Planning Board Chair Hank Whitney said during the March 18 meeting that, although the document may be removed from the Master Plan, all the information will still be available in the town office.

According to Select Board ex-officio member Roberta Oeser, anytime adjustment of the Master Plan is considered, the Planning Board is legally bound to host a public hearing on the subject, which must be advertised and made known to the public.

At the pubic hearing, the board will listen to public input on the subject and from there decide what to do with the Charrette, found in the appendix of the Master Plan.

Oeser said that even though all the board meetings are public, they do not match the criteria of the public session because they are not advertised specifically for community input on a given subject.

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