If you look around the Easton town office, you’ll notice the walls are covered in maps. Maps that show the town’s land use and means of transportation, maps that town manager Jim Gardner and the Planning Board are using as they work on the town’s comprehensive plan.
“If you know where you’re going, people will help you get there,” says Easton town manager Jim Gardner.
The comprehensive plan is all about the future – it allows town officials to look at what works and what doesn’t work for the community in moving it forward. And the last time Easton updated theirs was in 1993. They started to work on updating it last month – and Gardner says a few areas they’re focusing on are housing and how development on housing will grow the community – and transportation.
Gardner says, “we have another culture in our community..they run by horse and buggy. It’s different, and people see that here, so how can we better identify the vehicles with a horse and buggy? How can we make the road wider?”
Gardner says having an updated plan is helpful in getting both state and federal grants. And as town officials work on this plan throughout the year, they’re asking for people’s input – they’re encouraging both residents and non-residents to fill out a public opinion survey – you can find that online at eastonme.com.
Gardner says,”we’re trying to make this a people document..help us. Ya know, why not shape your own community?”
The town is hoping to get the plan approved by the state by December.