What is a Community Development Strategy?
It is a brief document which summarizes various, completed planning studies. The studies help a community reach its goals while the Strategy determines which projects are a priority for that community. These priorities are based on community input, so Town officials know which are more important and thus should be completed before others. Public input during the development of the Strategy is very important to ensure that the projects and priorities agree with what the people in the community desire and need.
The Community Development Strategy is an integral part of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) application. The Strategy to be discussed at the public hearing on October 20, 2014 is specifically for the FY2015 grant application (due February 2015). The Strategy also includes projects which will not be funded through the CDBG program; it is meant to serve a broader role than just addressing grant application needs.
How is the Strategy prepared?
The Director of Planning & Community Development reviews the Strategy from the previous year, edits and updates the information, and solicits public input on projects not already in the document; as well as the relative importance of the various projects listed. Once public input has been received, the document is reviewed and edited again to reflect the voice of the public. The online survey below is one method to solicit public opinion. The October 20, 2014 public hearing is another venue for people to express their thoughts. Once completed, the Community Development Authority will vote to recommend endorsement by the Board of Selectmen, who will then review the document and either endorse it as written or endorse with modifications if they believe additional changes are
warranted to accurately reflect the needs of the community.