As part of a multi-year strategic planning process, the Board of Selectmen (BOS), working with the Nashua Regional Planning Commission (NRPC), undertook a Village Strategic Planning project to engage town government; boards, commissions and committees; schools; and town residents and businesses in framing an holistic vision of what they hope the Village to be in the years ahead along with initiatives and investments needed to make that vision a reality.
In October 2014, BOS launched two planning teams — a steering committee and an outreach committee — to collaborate with NRPC team members to solicit as many ideas as possible regarding the village area. NRPC helped categorize these into issue areas for further thinking by working groups of the committee. The committee presented a vision, plan, and related investments to Amherst townspeople for input prior to presenting a finalized proposal to the BOS for their consideration in June 2015.
The committees comprised 24 people drawn from town government, schools, and boards along with residents and business people.
Some topics that were covered include:
• Roadways, traffic flow, parking, walkability and overall public safety;
• The mix of utilities and how/where they are located/delivered;
• Preserving the historical nature of the area (buildings and landscape);
• The mix of residences and businesses;
• Attracting more people to the village, the common, and environs.
The steering committee made its presentation of findings and recommendations to the BOS on June 8, 2015 and on July 13, 2015 submitted its written report — including the main report along with appendices covering public outreach summaries, traffic research, and committee meeting notes. The BOS voted to accept the report with gratitude for the committee’s eight-month effort on behalf of the town.
Besides being accessible online here, hard copies of the report and appendices can also be checked out from the library.