Bristol board sets dates for town plan hearings

BRISTOL — After making three small changes to Bristol’s proposed town plan on Monday, the selectboard OK’d the document. The plan will be presented to the public at two public hearings on Aug. 27 and Sept. 10.
The selectboard’s approval of the proposed plan comes after the Bristol Planning Commission supported the previous 42 changes the selectboard made to the document over a revision period that spanned several months. The planning commission issued its approval of the board’s changes on July 17.
The three changes made to the plan were updates to the town plan verbiage surrounding public transportation. Bristol resident Naomi Drummond informed the board that some information regarding public transportation in the draft plan was out of date.
Town Administrator Bill Bryant said that aside from Drummond, no other citizens commented on or questioned the draft plan, which has been the center of a town controversy surrounding land-use rights — particularly the right to extract natural resources near Bristol’s downtown — for much of the last decade. Voters shot down a former iteration of the town plan in 2010, and the selectboard hopes to present voters with this new version of the plan at the November General Election.
“Nobody came into the selectboard meeting, and I’m hoping that’s a sign that the document is meeting some level of support and acceptance from a range of folks,” said Bryant.
Reporter Andrew Stein is at [email protected]

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