Candidates On Growth - 2-Year Seat
Part 3. Here is a question from the 2005 Planning Commission survey. (Hat tip to Stuart Richards.) Everybody picks D, but the why may be more important.
3. Multiple Choice Question: What would you like to see happen to the population of Norwich? Please select one and if you want, explain your choice.
A. Reduced significantly
B. Reduced some
C. Remain relatively stable
D. Grow some
E. Grow significantly
Our population ebbs and flows with graduations, climate, industry, life stages, etc.. We have an opportunity to prepare for change. With my work (for a startup, in the arts, and in international education), I know the benefit of sharing diverse perspectives. I’d like to see the population of Norwich support more diversity and grow some (answer D). That change would take time and planning; occurring slowly. By being thoughtful in process and design, we can compile the necessary input to foster the progress of our town and the impact on neighboring areas.
D. Grow some but be very clear where and to what scale. One of the subjects raised at the forum was to investigate limited growth in our hamlets (use the term neighborhood vs hamlet). The struggle will be on how we plan the growth so that we can keep our open spaces open as well as maintain large forested tracks of land. I would like us to investigate how we can adapt existing structures vs. building all new structures. I am not a land use expert but I believe we should look outside the box for solutions that work best for the current and future taxpayers of Norwich.
D. Grow some. A: We could use more young families but can not accommodate drastic increases in the number of homesteads.
A candidate forum, sponsored by the Norwich Women's Club, is scheduled for Tuesday, February 27 at Tracy Hall from 7 to 8:30.