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Scotland eyes creating an economic development commission

By TRACI HASTINGS

Chronicle Staff Writer

SCOTLAND — The Town of Scotland could soon have a new commission in town.

The town completed its state-mandated 10-year update of the plan of conservation and development in 2017.

One of the proposals that came out of that review was the establishment of an economic development commission.

Town officials are working with representatives from the Northeastern Connecticut Council of Governments on guidelines for launching such a commission and deciding the priorities members of it would focus on if it were formed.

“We’re looking into it and we’re looking for town input,” said Scotland First Selectman Daniel Syme.

Syme said a public informational meeting on the establishment of an EDC would be tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 21, prior to the regular monthly meeting of the planning and zoning commission, the agency that spearheaded the update of the POCD for the town.

The PZC meets at 7:30 p.m. at the Scotland Public Safety Complex.

Syme said, at this time, the establishment of an EDC is still just a “possibility,” with plans moving ahead on the proposal based on input from the citizenry.

“We’re trying to decide goals and objectives” of what a commission would pursue, Syme said.

If formed, Syme said the agency would not create new regulations for the town.

“It would only be an advisory body,” Syme said. “It would not be a regulatory authority.”

The presentation from NECCOG and town officials on establishing an EDC, and the public hearing for citizens to comment on that proposal, will optimally be held on the same night in conjunction with the monthly PZC meeting.

Plans, however, have not yet been finalized for the hearing.

 

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