DERRY — Councilors met last week in a joint meeting with the Planning Board to discuss zoning and development on Route 28 heading south to Windham.
Council Chairman Mark Osborne brought up the workshop and the Route 28 project during Tuesday night’s regular council meeting.
The two groups appreared to reach overwhelming consensus that adding businesses to the area instead of residential housing will increase the tax base and be a greater benefit to the town, Osborne said during the chairman’s report segment of the meeting.
“In making sure that the zoning is commercial, it is also our vision that zoning will extend all the way to the Windham line,” Osborne said. “It is our goal to make sure that from Derry all the way to the Windham line that we do everything we can to grow the economy, to bring in infrastructure, to bring in commerce and industry that will create jobs.”
The project’s first phase, to install water and sewer mains along Rockingham Road between Bradford Street and Winter Hill Road, began in September and finished just before Thanksgiving, town officials said.
Work on the second phase was slated to begin late last month on Route 28 Bypass and Webster’s Corner and proceed north to Humphrey Road, officials said. The town received eight bids for the next phase of the project, with bids ranging from $3,574,000 to $4,570,000. American Excavating, the company that completed the first phase, submitted the lowest bid and was awarded the job.
Administrators are confident the project can be completed within the $5,585,000 previously approved appropriations from the water, sewer and general fund bonds and fiscal year 2014 water budget, acting administrator Larry Budreau said.