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TOPSHAM — The first of a series of workshops examining the challenges the town faces as it plans its future will be held Wednesday, Oct. 21.
The Topsham Public Library event, starting at 6:30 p.m., is title “Building a strong Topsham for the future: Will we be able to afford to live there?” It will feature a presentation by Chuck Marohn of the Strong Towns organization.
Marohn, according to town press release, “will illustrate how towns often misunderstand the value – and cost – of different kinds of growth with the result that they plan for development that is unsustainable for the town – and unaffordable for taxpayers.”
The workshops – presented by the library, and the town Planning and Economic & Community Development departments – will continue over the next six months.
“Getting around in Topsham: Stuck in Traffic? Can our roads serve all of us?” follows on Nov. 18.
Next year opens with “Topsham’s historic heritage: Can we build for the future without losing the past?” on Jan. 12, 2016.
The penultimate workshop – “Topsham’s rural heritage: Can we grow without losing our natural environment, farms & open space? – will be held Feb. 10, 2016.
“Putting it all together: Can we coordinate our varied goals to move forward together?” wraps up the series on March 9, 2016.
Log on to topshammaine.com for more information.