Topsham to discuss future in series of forums

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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.

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Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or Follow him on Twitter: @learics.

A Maine native and Colby College graduate, Alex has been covering coastal communities since 2001, and currently handles Bath, Topsham, Cumberland, and North Yarmouth. He and his wife, Lauren, live in the Portland area, and Alex recently released his third album of original music.