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Give Your Input on How Orange Should Grow and Develop

First public input session Tuesday on updating Plan of Conservation and Development.

Per state regulations, the Orange Plan and Zoning Commission is preparing to update the town’s Plan of Conservation and Development, beginning with a public meeting Tuesday night.

The meeting — explicitly called to provide residents with a chance to give input early on — is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday in the High Plains Community Center.

“This really is the very beginning” of the process, according to Glenn Chalder, a principle with Planimetrics, the consultants managing the Plan update — and a particularly important meeting.

“This is such a key meeting because residents are going to tell us what’s on their mind. It’s a great opportunity for people to say, ‘I’ve always wanted…’” Chalder said. “The key question is: What kind of community do they want Orange to be.”

Often, public hearings and town votes are asking residents to be reactive to proposals. Updating the Plan and the initial public meeting offers Orange residents a chance to voice their ideas and concerns proactive and effect the development of the town.

As Chalder noted, Tuesday’s meeting is only the beginning of the process.

By statute, Orange has until July 2015 to file a revised Plan with the state. [Download a copy of the current Plan above.]

Chalder said he hopes hundreds of residents come out Tuesday so the team can “really hit the ground running.”

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