and expanded comments from 8/2020 here.
(Thanks to colleague Diane Cameron for her invaluable help in developing comments!)
Among our comments:
-Adding the provision for broadband being more available in the Ag Reserve under the Connectedness section. Currently internet issues make all aspects of modern life harder, including civic participation during the pandemic.
-Under the water and sewer section, with the entire Ag Reserve outside the water/sewer envelope, more emphasis on helping businesses and residents manage their wells and septic systems to promote long term viability is key - particularly above the federally designated sole source aquifer. Well and septic resources can be found here.
-In the Climate Change section - MCA has provided edits to reflect the importance of strengthening our natural systems to provide for gains in air purification and water quality. We are planting acres of new forests along stream buffers through our Re-Leaf program to do just that.
The Planning Board is off till September 10. The agenda for the Board meetings is posted two weeks in advance.
The next step in Thrive Montgomery 2050 is publishing the Working Draft Plan. The schedule with dates will be posted later this week but here is a preview:
Thursday, 9/24: Publish Working Draft Plan
Thursday, 10/1: Planning Board to review the Working Draft Plan and approve it (with any changes/edits) as the Public Hearing Draft Plan and set the public hearing date for 11/19/20
Thursday, 11/19: Planning Board to hold the public hearing on Thrive Montgomery 2050 Public Hearing Draft Plan
December 2020 through March 2021: Planning Board work sessions to address public comments and review/finalize the draft plan.