AYER — The Comprehensive Plan Implementation Committee (CPIC) used its recent meeting to discuss how to best present zoning change proposals to the public prior to and during the next town meeting.
Member Larry Keenan and Carolyn McCreary attended the recent Planning Board meeting where they discussed the issue with the board.
One of the requests the Planning Board had for the CPIC was that they prioritize the various zoning change proposals. They also discussed the possibility of using a warrant article to acquire funds to hire a professional to update Ayer’s zoning bylaws. They should probably be updating the maps as they update the bylaws, McCreary said.
“The majority of it is as it should be,” said CPIC member Ruth Rhonemous. Rhonemous also said their had been a map committee working on the issue.
The maps were mostly complete, said member Harry Zane, although the committee did not have an exact percentage.
“Apparently town meeting has not been receptive to zoning changes in the past. It will be a big public relations effort,” said McCreary.
One of the suggestions the Planning Board had was to package the zoning changes along with what the change was supposed to improve, and prioritize them, Zane said.
The train station and housing are two of the major priorities, said Keenan.
CPIC member George Bacon said he wanted to look at economics first, and let the houses fall where they may.
Each issue was important and interconnected, said Keenan, like spokes on a wheel.
The CPIC will hold their next meeting on Feb. 22, at which time they will continue discussing how to prioritize and package the zoning change proposals.