Wilton Conservation Commission and Planning Board hold joint meeting

  • Conservation Commission members Jennifer Beck and Nikki Andrews met with the Planning Board Wednesday night to discuss plans to conserve Wilton’s natural resources. —STAFF PHOTO BY JOSH LACAILLADE

  • Members of Wilton’s Planning Board and Conservation Commission met Wednesday night to discuss the second chapter of Wilton’s master plan. —STAFF PHOTO BY JOSH LACAILLADE

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 8/5/2022 1:14:47 PM
Modified: 8/5/2022 1:11:40 PM

The Conservation Commission and Planning Board are in the process of updating chapter two of Wilton’s master plan to preserve the town’s natural resources. 

On Wednesday, Aug. 3, members of both committees met for a joint meeting at Florence Rideout Elementary School to discuss their plans for the chapter, which has not been updated since Nov. 2, 2016.  According to the New Hampshire Office of Energy and Planning, the Planning Board is responsible for preparing and amending a town’s master plan to outline the development of the community.

The second chapter of the master plan is about natural resources, and the introduction states: “Natural resources contribute to Wilton’s community character, quality of life and recreation opportunities. They also play a role in determining the type and location of development. Natural resources in Wilton include forests, conservation land, wildlife, reservoirs and streams, as well as natural systems that cannot be seen as easily. These natural systems provide valuable services to the town free of charge, including flood storage, clean air, water purification, productive soils, wildlife habitat, waste recycling and temperature moderation. Loss of these services impacts human health, safety, the economy and quality of life.”

The purpose of Wednesday’s meeting was to discuss plans to improve communication between board members and address problems related to town conservation, including protection of wildlife and preservation of the town’s clean water and the surrounding rivers. 

At the meeting, Conservation Commission member Jennifer Beck stated she is pleased with the Planning Board for being conservation-oriented.

“I feel very fortunate for the Planning Board we have today; they are very strong,” said Beck.

Beck said that up until the joint session, the process of improving town conservation has been difficult.

“Communication in this town is such a struggle. This has been an incredibly frustrating process for the last seven years,” she said.

In an interview, Beck said the joint session was a complete success.

“[The meeting] was highly collaborative and had a number of creative solutions,” said Beck.

According to Planning Board Chair Alec MacMartin, the Nashua Regional Planning Commission and the Planning Board will meet in September to revise chapter two of Wilton’s master plan based on the comments made at Wednesday night’s meeting.

In an interview Aug. 4, MacMartin said the process of updating the master plan is ongoing.

“It’s a work in progress,” said MacMartin


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