OTISFIELD – Residents in this community will get the chance to review and comment on the draft Comprehensive Plan at a 7 p.m. hearing Thursday, June 12.

The draft is an update to the plan adopted in 1991. It builds on that plan and includes changes that have occurred over the past 10 years.

After securing a grant from the state, selectmen appointed nine members to the comprehensive planning committee last summer. The Androscoggin Valley Council of Governments provided technical support in developing the plan.

Public forums were held in January and October of 2002. They were attended by more than 85 residents who worked on what they wanted the community to look like in 10 years.

The committee met more than twice a month for the past two years. Members updated data in the plan and investigated key topics identified during the public forums.

The key areas are: town government, roads, managing growth, environmental and natural resources. The updated plan has new and revised policies and strategies to strengthen the key areas, according to committee members.

The proposed draft of the plan was unanimously supported by committee members during their final meeting last week.

Copies of the plan are available at the town office. The hearing is at Otisfield Community Hall. Following public hearings, the updated plan will be voted on during a special town meeting at the end of the month.

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