Many of you may have heard about the Town wide Visioning process being initiated by the Yarmouth Planning Board. Although COVID-19 impacted the original process and timeline, the Planning Board has now devised a modified Visioning Process and Implementation Schedule supported by the Board of Selectmen to move forward with Visioning while addressing social distancing and COVID-19 precautions.
The Visioning process was designed to identify high level goals and overall community values and viewpoints to ascertain what’s important to our community and what we want Yarmouth to be like in the future. To garner the necessary input, the original Visioning Process relied heavily on Surveys (both on-line and hard copy) and in-person Workshop Meetings. The Surveys remain a good avenue for obtaining input from the public, but in-person Workshops would be difficult during COVID-19 restrictions due to the number of people we hope would want to participate. To address this the Planning Board has proposed the use of Virtual Workshops which allow for “break-out” rooms to create the smaller group setting originally envisioned for the in-person Workshops. Although not as ideal as the face-to-face Workshops, conducting Virtual Workshops in conjunction with Surveys would allow us to move forward sooner.
The Planning Board will be scheduling the first series of Virtual Workshops and launching the first Survey this fall. Please visit our Visioning Webpage and sign up for regular updates via e-mail to have access to the latest information, including dates and times for Workshops and access to Surveys. Opportunities for public participation throughout the entire visioning process are highlighted in the Public Participation Schedule. The Planning Board has also developed a robust Public Participation/ Engagement Plan which will soon begin in earnest now that we have a clear path forward.
We encourage everyone to get involved with the Visioning process and participate in the upcoming Surveys or Workshops. Public participation is crucial to making this Visioning project a success.