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PEPPERELL — Larry Koff and Karen Sobol, of Larry Koff & Associates, appeared before the Planning Board to review ongoing changes to the Pepperell Comprehensive Plan.

The informal meeting focused on a revised action plan as well as a review of comments received from board members over the past several months.

The action plan proposed by Koff has three primary focus areas — implement a revitalization plan for the sewer overlay district, develop a resource protection plan for the low-density growth and rural areas of town, and enhance interdepartmental coordination while facilitating citizen participation.

Highlights of the action plan include revitalizing the downtown area and the potential for developing the Brookline and Hollis streets area into a mixed-use village zone. Preservation of large homes in the “historic district” was also on the list. Several board members noted that, over the past decade, several older homes have been demolished to make way for development which could have been preserved.

Highlights of the action plan include revitalizing the downtown area and the potential for developing the Brookline and Hollis streets area into a mixed-use village zone. Preservation of large homes in the “historic district” was also on the list. Several board members noted that, over the past decade, several older homes have been demolished to make way for development which could have been preserved.

Sobol and Koff also have recommended that the town undertake a “municipal facility needs study” to address the sprawl of town offices and currently-inadequate facilities to meet the needs of a growing Pepperell. Other action plan items, such as sewer and water infrastructure planning, are already being addressed by DPW Director Robert Lee. The Water and Sewer departments are developing a long-term plan for replacing water lines and building out the existing sewer district.

Koff cited the need for “preserving agricultural heritage and rural lifestyle” within the community as well as developing other regulatory bylaws for open space management and trail systems. Critical to the success of these recommendations is greater interdepartmental coordination within the town.

Planning Board Chairman Joseph Sergi cautioned Koff to keep the detail to the level of an update.

“We don’t want to compromise the original spirit of the document that was created in a more collaborative setting,” said Sergi.

“To deal with one of these large topics there are many smaller pieces,” explained Koff. “The structure of the plan is the elements of the plan,” added Koff.

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