Residential input is being sought by the Carmel Town Board as officials look to craft a new Comprehensive Master Plan.
With the town’s current plan last updated in 2000, officials have been discussing plans over the last two years to draft a new proposal with goals intended establish the community’s image for its future, along with recommended policy changes. Per town law, the Comprehensive Master Plan must be reviewed and updated periodically.
While the primary role of a master plan is to provide direction to attain a municipalities vision, it also offers the chance to reflect on existing conditions while providing direction to attain that goal. Currently, residents are being asked to submit their thoughts and fill out a 15-minutes survey on what they believe will best serve the Town of Carmel in years to come.
The Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee has been working with town staff, residents, and consultants from Nelson, Pope & Voorhis, LLC to prepare a Draft Existing Conditions Report. The document provides information about the current state of Carmel to help inform discussion about the future of the community.
According to state law, the plan may include a wide range of topics, such as residential growth, economic development, land-use, infrastructure, natural resource protection, and community character. Updating the zoning and subdivision regulations is also imperative in crafting a new plan. By doing so, it ensures future growth contributes to achieving the community’s vision and goals.
Officials have said the town will refine its local land use regulations as needed to be consistent with the plan toward the end of the process.
For those who missed the two community workshops held last week, the survey can be found at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/B9LVM6L.