Temple charrette addresses issues in town

  • Temple residents participated in a charrette at Temple Town Hall to address planning challenges and to receive feedback Oct. 14 and 15.  —STAFF PHOTO

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 10/17/2022 2:12:38 PM

Temple held a charrette Oct. 14 and 15 that addressed a number of issues the town is dealing with, including the creation of affordable housing.

Temple Land Use Committee Chair Tim Fiske said the charrette, which was broken into a series of public listening sessions on Friday and a presentation of recommendations Saturday, gave the town’s residents a perspective from experts who are from out of town on how to think about planning. The charrette was coordinated by Plan NH, a membership-based nonprofit that includes architects, builders, planners and designers. The charrette team included volunteers who are all professionals within their industries.

“We had several planning board people, traffic engineers and landscape engineers,” Fiske said, adding that as chair of the Land Use Committee, he has been in the process of helping the Select Board dispose of some properties that were of no use to town, including an easement on a pie-shaped section of property in the center of town that runs down to municipal building and the fire station along Hadley Highway and Route 45. “This group took some of that in and were here to help the Planning Board for plans with low-income housing and more dense housing as well.”

Jessica Hipp, vice president of the Community Advisory Committee (CAC) in Temple, said the Plan NH team, which consists of volunteers, did a very good job.  

“I though it went well,” Hipp said, adding that on top of a good attendance at the meetings, there were also a good number of people who joined via Zoom. She said the town will receive PowerPoints, along with a full written report in two months. “The suggestions will go to the various committees and any proposals requiring budget or zoning changes will go to the town.” 

Hipp, who is also the Temple CAC chair of the Broadband Subcommittee, said that work will be wrapping up soon. That project, she said, is focused on the north end of town and concerns pole rights at the moment. 

Some of the issues taken up at the charrette included different options for parking in town, safety for pedestrians, traffic concerns and affordable housing. 

“They definitely gave us options to work with and people are asking, ‘Where do we go from here?” Hipp said. “I think there’s going to be a lot of conversations that come out of this.”

Fiske agreed with Hipp, saying team put together by Plan NH did a excellent job.

“All we had to do was feed them and put them up for one night,” he said. “It was very good to get other people’s perspective. They told us they’d done 72 charrettes in the state and they said people take them and stick them in the filing cabinet and that others follow them to a T. It was a good thing to do because it gets people thinking.” 

In a previous interview, Christine Robidoux, who is chair of the Planning Board and Community Advisory Committee, as well as vice chair of the Land Use Committee, said all three boards and committees had a hand in bringing Plan NH's charrette team to Temple. 


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