Scott Hastings, Town Planner, presented the results from the
spring 2019 survey to the Comprehensive Plan Update Committee at the June 13th
meeting. The summarized results can be
found here: Spring
2019 survey results
175 surveys were completed and most age groups were
represented. Committee member Ben
Tettlebaum asked, “How much stock do we put in to the survey when we only had a
3% return rate.” Scott mentioned the 20
– 30 year old residents were missing, but there probably are not many living in
town. 24 surveys were completed by local
business owners. 76 completed by people
raising children. As for where people
lived, the results were distributed well.
As with the fall 2018 survey, townspeople want to preserve
the rural character of New Gloucester.
They want to protect views and scenic areas and they value recreation
land. As chair Don Libby pointed out, when
looking at the survey results in the aggregate, residents want to keep taxes
low as well as protect open spaces.
Most residents were satisfied with town services and there
were several positive comments for the town staff. Trash pickup and single sort recycling were
mentioned the most as “wanted” services.
The survey had middle of the road results with regard to
senior living and services. This is an
area that the committee will explore more with a future meeting specific to the
topic of ‘age friendly communities’. The
State recently passed legislation that required the subject be included in
More people would like to see train service than bus
service. Many expressed concerns about
walking and biking on town roads because of safety. Speeding cars and lack of shoulders on the roads
were cited. The Fairgrounds and Pineland
were mentioned often as places to walk.
As to the types of businesses people want to see, there was
a clear consensus that large businesses are not the answer. Small to medium size businesses are welcome
and there is a particular interest in restaurants and coffee shops. People, including the high schoolers, are
looking for a place to gather and ‘hang out’.
Scott will now begin drafting the plan starting with
demographics and housing. The Committee will
hold community outreach meetings at some point in the future. When the Comprehensive Plan is complete, it
will be presented at a Town Meeting for a vote.
The next meeting is scheduled for July 11 at the New
Gloucester Meeting House when the Committee will start reviewing the draft plan. For more information and to sign up for
ongoing email updates on the comprehensive plan work contact the Town Planner,
Scott Hastings at firstname.lastname@example.org or
(207)926-4126 ext 4.
the full June 13 meeting is available here.
Materials and videos for this and other
meetings can be found on the NG website: newgloucester.com.