Bridgewater Township is ground-zero for the proposed ethanol plant and who knows what else. Last summer, the township board passed a one-year moratorium on development to consider doing its own planning and zoning.
In December, they opted to do just that and they now have till June to come up with a comprehensive plan and accompanying ordinances.
I got an email from Kathleen Doran-Norton, Bridgewater Township supervisor, letting me know that a draft of the Comprehensive Plan was ready and I asked her to draft a blurb to announce it on Locally Grown with an invitation to anyone to discuss it here.
The Bridgewater Township planning commission has been working to complete a comprehensive plan and ordinances before the end of the township moratorium June 28, 2007. At every planning commission meeting I’ve listened in on, folks in attendance have expressed the hope that township citizens become engaged in the process, and will speak up on what is important to them.
The city of Dundas has extended an invitation to township residents to view any of the township’s planning commission documents and files at the Dundas city hall during working hours. We will also put the draft of the comp plan and ordinances on the township website.
Until that gets posted, here is the draft of the comp plan (PDF). I’d welcome your comments on the plan here.
If you’re not a blogger or one who likes to speak up at public meetings, I know the town board and the hard-working members of the planning commission (John Klockeman, Gary Ebling, Chad Marks, Jeff Stremcha, and Larry Alderks) would welcome your letters or emails to them. A public hearing on the plan is tentatively scheduled for May 9. Then, depending on what the planning commission hears from township residents, it may go to a vote mid-May. — Kathleen Doran-Norton, Bridgewater Township supervisor
Soooo, what’s to like and not like about this draft? What questions might people have for the Planning Commission members, Kathleen, or the other supervisors?