Above all, where is our Capital Improvement Plan? Where is our Capital Improvement Committee? Has the advent of the so-called Infrastructure Committee (whose members apparently are appointed) become a reason for not having a CIP? Can we slow down the waiver process, use them as negotiating tools, and get a lot tougher about granting them? Can we start at least thinking about saying no? One can only speculate as to what would have happened had the planning board recently called Lowe's bluff on the parking waiver.
When the Master Plan was put together awhile back, few could have envisioned the explosion of commercial and residential growth that is now taking place, particularly at the southern end of the strip. Something needs to be done or the Master Plan simply will become two dimensional, and a drive south on the strip may well become an exemplar of what inrushing money can do. New construction project after new construction project, new hotel after new hotel, big box stores, fast food, strip malls, an abandoned service station? Can the ugly billboards be far behind? Perhaps a drive through Windham, Maine, on 302 might provide a glimpse of what could occur.