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KCAC to review Kingston subarea plan in 2008

KINGSTON — Despite missing roughly half of its members, the Kingston Citizens Advisory Council decided at its Wednesday evening meeting to take a year to reexamine the Kingston Subarea Plan in 2008.

Referring to 59 goals in 11 different subjects, the communications subcommittee felt instead of holding special presentations at the monthly KCAC meetings, reviewing the plan would be a better use of time next year.

KCAC Chairman Greg Platz, also a member of the communications subcommittee, said with one shy of a dozen topics to cover, and 11 meetings in 2008 — July being the only month the KCAC doesn’t gather — the schedule should work out perfectly to address all of the goals in the plan.

KCAC member Betsy Cooper said the subcommittee is also hoping residents who may not have been involved in the process before will come forward to assist with this new project.

“The initial idea of the group was to ready the policies and grade ourselves overall on the policies and projects that have been done, are in process or have had no work at all,” Cooper said. “We want to do this to determine what still needs to be done.”

Several of the 11 topics have already been covered by KCAC subcommittees, such as the parks, trails and open spaces, ferry and roads groups. Platz said in creating a check list of the categories, it has become clear what the different KCAC members and residents participating still need to accomplish. The workload should be minimal, with one meeting prior to the monthly KCAC gathering to determine what the group will present regarding its topic.

“It is very clear what the workers will need to do,” he said. “We want to make this an achievable project. They’ll present to the council, and if other stuff comes out, it will be a bonus. This will be a swift overview of what we’ve been doing the last couple of years.”

KCAC member Alex Thomsen said in reviewing the 59 goals, about a quarter of them seemed too vague to accomplish. In the process of discussing the 11 topics, he suggested eliminating those offshoots to streamline the subarea plan.

The group was enthusiastic about potentially bringing in new residents who haven’t worked on the Kingston Subarea Plan before and getting a fresh perspective. The additional help could assist in either clarifying or omitting certain goals.

“The group reviewing the plan doesn’t always have to be KCAC members,” said KCAC member Walt Elliott, who is also on the parks, trails and open space subcommittee.

“If it’s a way maybe we could get the community jazzed up, that would be great,” Cooper added.

Ten KCAC members picked up checklists after the meeting adjourned, and Platz said he would make sure the remaining members who were not in attendance would have time to get up to date by December’s gathering. KCAC meets at 7 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month, and December’s location has yet to be announced.

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