Maintain an on-going base of support for the Plan by key boards and the public at large througheducation and cooperation. Communicate through public meetings, newspapers and the Townwebsite.2.
Promote active growth management to reduce residential sprawl and prevent openspace/recreation land fragmentation. Seek zoning changes through the Planning Board to allow
appropriate use of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission’s Valley Vision 2 strategies.
Foster interconnectivity of Town lands throughout Wilbraham through formal well maintainedtrail systems.4.
Preserve and protect environmental resources, include wetlands, water resources, uplandwildlife habitat and wildlife travel corridors. Encourage synergy among all community, state andregional partners for conservation and preservation.
When I ran for this office, my main issue was ‘local control’. I was elected, in part, because a majority of
the voters agreed with me. I note the urgency in this plan and I wonder why the Planning Board appointed a Vision Task Force which was tasked with finding out what Wilbraham citizens vision theWilbraham future as. With all respect, I note that the same person is the chairman of both OS and VTF.
Maybe there is a conflict of interest here? This OS plan isn’t waiting
until the VTF completes the study of what the citizens think. This plan is pushing for the PVPC Valley Vision II with total disregard of diversethinking. In fact, within the next couple of weeks, we will be compiling the results of theImagineWilbraham survey that has been so strongly supported by VTF.It appears to me that the OpenSpace folks now see themselves as a shadow Planning Board and ashadow Conservation Committee. If they want to serve as a Planning Board member, they should run for the office and be elected and accountable to the citizenry, not do an end around of the survey results.If the VTF completes on schedule by the beginning of next year, and the results indicate that Open Spaceis the number one issue and priority of Wilbraham citizens and various groups, I would have much less of an argument against signing this document.
There have been some word definitions used lately. The words are ‘sustainable’ and ‘self sufficient’ and Iwas told that I don’t understand the difference. I disagree. This OS action plan is all about ‘sustainabledevelopment’. I don’t see anything about helping the citizens of Wilbraham become self
Looking at this ‘draft’, I see all kinds of different dates. Seven
-year action plan, five-year action plan, the
2000 plan, the 2010 plan update, summer 2011 timetables, winter 2011 timetables, etc. I know it’s adraft, but maybe in the rush to get this through before the VTF surveys are compiled, there hasn’t been
really- update this document. I hope that the rest of the Planning Board considers thetimetable of the Task Force that they created and oversee with a steering committee and defers signing
the Open Space support letter until then. We don’t have builders breaking down the doors to
overwhelmWilbraham with new housing!
Sounds like this is crying ‘WOLF’!