April 08, 2020

D-F to vote on comprehensive plan

DOVER-FOXCROFT – A comprehensive plan that has been four years in the making will be presented to residents for adoption Nov.7.

The detailed document was started in 2001, completed in 2005, and was found consistent by the State Planning Office in the spring of 2006.

“It helps us plan for the future,” Town Manager Jack Clukey said Friday. The document can help the town preserve working farms or natural areas and help guide growth to where public infrastructure already exists, he said.

The plan also inventories the town’s statistics, its historical sites, and its natural resources, according to Clukey.

Once the document is adopted, he said, town officials can look to revise the land use ordinance. The comprehensive plan will not change anything but it will serve as a reference and a basis for future changes in town, he said.

Many people had a hand in the development of the plan, including the public, the planning board, selectmen, a comprehensive planning committee and the Penobscot Council of Governments which served as the town’s consultant, according to the town manager.

In addition to guiding the town’s future, Clukey said, towns that have comprehensive plans fare better in obtaining state grants than towns that have none. The town’s request will be given a higher priority because of the document, he said.

The polls will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7, at the Piscataquis Regional YMCA.

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