The Groton Planning Board is holding a “Town Center Workshop” on Thursday, May 31, from 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. in the Town Hall second floor meeting room as part of its implementation of the updated town Master Plan, recently adopted by the Planning Board and endorsed at Spring Town Meeting.
According to an email sent by Town Planner Michelle Collette, “Peter Flinker of Dodson Associates will facilitate the forum as part of Phase II of the Comprehensive Master Plan. Please contact the Planning Board office at 978 448-1105 or [email protected] if you have any questions.”
She also distributed the Agenda of the workshop:
7:30 Welcome and project history
7:40 – 8:10 PowerPoint presentation of Town Center Research and Analysis and the results of the public workshops.
- History of Groton Center
- What characteristics define Groton Center today?
- Streetscape elements: sidewalks, parking, curbs, crosswalks, tree plantings, fences and hedges, etc.
- Walkability Update
- Architecture: building styles, massing, location, detailing, materials, etc.
- Views and visual character
- Existing dimensions, setbacks, pavement widths, etc.
- Parking and driveway access.
- Development Suitability: ownership, easements, soils, slopes, wetlands, etc.
- Zoning and likely future buildout.
- Issues and concerns identified at the workshops.
- Opportunities identified at the workshop.
- Introduction to Visual Preference Survey
8:10 – 8:30 Presentation of town center concept plan: elements to be preserved, opportunities for redevelopment of infill, and proposed streetscape improvements. Presentation of basic dimensional and design standards.
8:30 – 9:00 Group discussion.
9:00 Visual Preference Survey (As participants depart, they place dots on photographs indicating examples of buildings and streetscape treatments they think are a good fit for the Town Center.)