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Peterborough forum will help steer town's future

Union Leader Correspondent

April 03. 2014 10:36PM

PETERBOROUGH — As part of the ongoing update of the town's Master Plan, the Office of Community Development has planned a Vision Forum to be held Friday, April 11, and Saturday, April 12, and a night at the movies on Monday, April 7.

The Master Plan Steering Committee is tackling an update of the Vision Chapter of the town's Master Plan, Peterborough Planning Director Peter Throop said Thursday.

"The Vision Chapter really provides a foundation for any future updates that come about," Throop said. "It's a really important one. And that's one of the reasons we are taking the time to put together a town-wide forum."

One of the primary goals of the forum is to have as many different voices from the different parts of the community as possible, he said.

"The idea is to get as many folks to come to the community forum as we can get," Throop said, adding that if you live, work or play in Peterborough you are a stakeholder and welcome at the forum.

A representative from the New Hampshire Cooperative Extension will lead the forum.

The forum will start with a series of presentations, including history, demographics, trends and a summary of the last Vision Chapter.

Throop said the forum will then move into small group work sessions and public input.

"Think of it as trying to paint a portrait — a realistic portrait, not just kind of pie in the sky — but a realistic portrait of how people want to see the community evolve over time, based on our strengths, our assets, and the challenges we might anticipate and the needs we might have in the future and all those sorts of things," Throop said.

The two-day forum is set to take place in the ConVal High School cafeteria.

The forum starts Friday night at 5:30 with a pizza supper. A presentation and discussion should start around 6:15 p.m., Throop said.

The forum resumes Saturday morning with coffee and bagels at 8:30 a.m. and concludes at 2 p.m. Lunch will be provided.

Because meals are being provided, people are asked to RSVP with the town by Wednesday.

A showing of 'Peterborough Verbatim, The Movie' is also planned as part of the launching of the Vision Chapter update, Throop said. The movie will be shown at the Peterborough Community Theater Monday, April 7 at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free.

The movie is a recording of a play written and performed by residents 10 years ago.

"That was written about people from Peterborough about Peterborough and civic discourse. People from town were the stars and participants of the play," Throop said. "It's quite funny and it's quite entertaining, but it's an opportunity to see examples of civic discourse. So we're quite excited about it."

The movie is about 1 hour and 15 minutes long.

"There may be a few of the original cast members to answer questions," Throop said. "The committee thought it would be a great way to kick off the idea of this visioning event."

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