FAIR­FIELD

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1 TOWN BRAINSTORMS ON UP­COM­ING STRATE­GIC PLAN

A broader tax base, af­ford­able hous­ing op­tions, traf­fic and cli­mate change were raised as is­sues that the town needs to ad­dress, when the Strate­gic Plan Com­mit­tee held a com­mu­nity fo­rum last week.

The com­mit­tee, with the help of its con­sul­tants, Houseal Lav­i­gne As­so­ciates, has been hold­ing one- on- one in­ter­views and small group fo­rums since the sum­mer, in an ef­fort to gather feed­back for the “One Town One Vi­sion” strate­gic plan.

Wed­nes­day’s fo­rum, Chair­man John Wynne said, wouldn’t be the last. The goal, he said, is to “get to a place where we have Fair­field’s fu­ture mapped out.” Res­i­dents can also sub­mit their com­ments to the com­mit­tee via email and the town web­site.

Wynne ex­plained a plan needs to be cre­ated to deal with fu­ture chal­lenges, like tax­a­tion and the econ­omy. “If we don’t grab hold of the is­sues that are im­por­tant to the town and take ac­tion, then what­ever hap­pens to the town, hap­pens,” he said.

But there was a com­plaint that there weren’t many mem­bers of the pub­lic there be­cause no one knew about the fo­rum and that, in the end, noth­ing would change be­cause of the plan.

In­ter­ested res­i­dents can find more in­for­ma­tion at www. hlplan­ning. com/ por­tals/ fair­field.

— greilly@ ct­post. com

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