PlanNH Design Charrette Comes to Wolfeboro Oct 22 – 23
Wolfeboro’s Planning Department, Planning Board, Heritage Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation, with support from the Board of Selectmen, WEDCO, and other sponsors are hosting a two-day visioning session Friday and Saturday, October 22 and 23, to strengthen connections from downtown along Glendon and Lehner Streets, the Bridge Falls Path, and playing fields to the business district along Center Street.
Do you wish there was a stronger link between downtown and Wolfeboro Falls? How might vacant or underused buildings be put to better use? Do you support reusing the Old Municipal Electric Building on Lehner Street? Would you enjoy more recreational and social opportunities for all age groups in the Back Bay area? Is preserving the historic character and walkability of Wolfeboro important to you? What can we do to assure that this part of town brings us together, enhances our community, and maintains our sense of place? Are there unmet needs that this area might accommodate? Are there other issues that you think need to be addressed?
Everyone is invited to participate in one of the public listening sessions on Friday, October 22 at the Great Hall. The first is from 3:30-5:00 pm and the second is from 6:30-8:00 pm. On Saturday, October 23 at 3 pm the public is invited back to the Great Hall for a presentation on the team’s recommendations. Charrette Steering Committee members are Tavis Austin, Town Planner; Kathy Barnard, chair of the Planning Board; Maggie Stier and Anne Blodget, Heritage Commission; Christine Collins, director, Parks and Rec; and Denise Roy Palmer; WEDCO.
Steering committee chair Maggie Stier notes that “a PlanNH charrette brings together talented professionals and local voices to craft a vision and recommendations to address challenges a community faces. Over this two-day period, PlanNH’s team will work with us to assess the target area, listen to community members’ ideas and concerns, and suggest some strategies for managing change. We will be getting thousands of dollars’ worth of free expertise in planning, architecture, landscape design, transportation, housing, and historic preservation, and the final recommendations and written report should help all of us work toward a shared vision for this part of town.”
Stier also says that there’s some early interest in a second charrette to address the commercial development on the other side of Back Bay along Mill Street and Bay Street, and the steering committee seems to support that idea.
The team of professionals who are volunteering their time need your input to make this dynamic collaborative process succeed. Based on what they hear and their own professional knowledge of ideas and trends, they will articulate a vision and make recommendations to help us build a healthier and more vibrant community. Their services would cost many thousands of dollars, but their time is donated through Plan NH’s organization.
In addition to support from the town, the lead sponsor is WEDCO (Wentworth Economic Development Corp., Inc.). Other generous sponsors are Melanson Real Estate, Yankee Pedlar Realtors, Lake Winni Team of BHHS/Verani, Maxfield Real Estate, and Keller Williams Lakes and Mountains/The Dow Realty Group.
For more information contact the Wolfeboro Planning Department or the Wolfeboro Charrette Facebook page.
Contact: Maggie Stier, Chair, Wolfeboro Heritage Commission
firstname.lastname@example.org; 603-344-1726 (cell)