Village input session set for June 27

For nearly 10 years residents have been looking for a way to create a new and vibrant town center that is the community’s focal point of social and business activity.

The town is now pursuing several zoning and regulatory amendments that would strengthen the character of West Rindge Village and create development opportunities at the Route 202-119 intersection (the four corners) that could lead to the creation of a vibrant mixed use area that would capture the look and feel of a traditional town center.

The Planning Board is holding a community input session on June 27, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the West Rindge Methodist Church to continue the community discussions about how best to make the idea become a reality.

The town’s master plan and Economic Development Strategy both include a vision of the four corners and West Rindge Village becoming more of a hub for community social activity and smaller office and retail shops.

Last year the town undertook a community design charrette with the help of Plan NH that created a much more detailed concept about how the goal could be accomplished. The charrette recommended amending the development regulations around the four corners to encourage smaller scale retail, office and residential uses that are built close together and designed to fit in with the New England architectural character of older buildings in town. Those design features could also be used to guide property owners in both the four corners and the Village when building renovations or new construction is undertaken to make sure that they contribute in a positive way to the existing character of the Village.

Recently the town hired a planning consultant, with a grant from NH Housing, to help develop design guidelines and regulatory changes. Kirk Stenersen, chair of the Rindge Planning Board, said that he hopes that the ideas generated at the June 27 meeting will significantly contribute to the quality of the guidelines and regulations that the Planning Board expects to present at town meeting next spring.

For more information, contact Kirk Stenesen at 899-0004 or Roger Hawk, planning consultant, at 545-1698.

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