Friday August 16, 2013

HALIFAX -- The Planning Commission will be holding a public hearing on Saturday at 10 a.m.

It will be the last opportunity for public input on the updated and revised Halifax Town Plan.

The Planning Commission has made a few changes that include updating data related to demographics, maps, narrative sections, policies and recommendations.

Every five years, it is required by state statute that the Town Plan be reviewed and updated if necessary. The public hearings are held with enough time for the plan to be on the warrant for Town Meeting in March, where residents vote on either approving it or not.

The Halifax Planning Commission began working on the Town Plan before it was re-adopted, without any changes, in 2010. With other obligations that required its attention, the commission re-adopted the plan in its original form.

After this public hearing, the Town Plan will be sent to the Selectboard for review. Then, another public hearing hosted by the Selectboard will be scheduled. This hearing will have to be scheduled at least 30 days after the Planning Commission's hearing, but before 120 days have passed.

Chris Mays can be reached at 802-254-2311, ext. 273, or cmays@reformer.com. Follow Chris on Twitter @CMaysReformer.