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Where Is Our Community Going? Find Out At The Prizery Tomorrow

The South Boston Planning Commission will unveil its draft of the town’s long-term Comprehensive Plan 2030 tomorrow from 3 to 7 p.m. at The Prizery.

“Join your neighbors, community leaders and the town planning commission to review and comment on a draft of South Boston’s plan for the future,” Town Manager Ted Daniel said.

South Boston is updating the town’s long-term comprehensive plan used by local leaders and citizens as a guide to make decisions on neighborhoods, housing, transportation, business development, tourism, public services and facilities, recreation, land development and the environment.

“We need your thoughts on the draft plan,” Daniel said encouraging the public to attend Thursday’s community meeting.

According to the town manager, Comprehensive Plan 2030, Progress and Preservation on the Dan, is a public document that serves as South Boston’s guide for the future.

The 126-page plan looks at existing conditions within the town and makes general recommendations for the future, planning for about 20 years into the future.

Daniel explained the plan is developed with input from citizens and guidance from the planning commission, and ultimately will be adopted by the town council.

After its adoption, the plan will provide a framework for important decisions in the community such as where growth should occur, how land should be used and where spending priorities should be placed for the next 10 to 20 years, he added.

Although general in nature, the plan also provides the legal basis for zoning and subdivision regulations, Daniel said.

The community meeting will focus specifically on planning for three special areas of South Boston, including Riverdale (gateway corridor development and Crossing of the Dan River), North Main Street, (College Street to Hamilton Blvd.) and the SVHEC area (Bruce to Ferry Street, toward Main Street).

Over the past year, Hill Studio planners, landscape architects and architects have worked with town officials, representative interests and citizens to develop planning and development concepts for discussion in those three areas.

In November 2008, citizens attended the first of three community work sessions, which discussed general information about the plan, community statistics and important community issues.

Daniel encouraged developers and real estate professionals to attend tomorrow’s community meeting.

For more information, contact the town office at 434-575-4200.

A copy of the draft plan is available for viewing online at www.southboston.com and in the town manager’s office at 455 Ferry Street, South Boston.