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Town Manager Says Hampden Town Plan Not in Effect 

Catherine Pegram

A newly adopted comprehensive plan for the town of Hampden – which has also caused some controversy among residents – is essentially null and void. TV5 has obtained a copy of an e-mail town manager Susan Lessard sent today to town councilors. It says that even though they approved the 2010 comprehensive plan, it never got the okay from the planning board. And without that approval, the town charter says the plan can’t be properly adopted. Some folks who live in Hampden have recently raised concerns about the plan, saying it’s too intrusive and takes away landowner rights. Dozens have turned out at town meetings in the last couple of weeks, calling for the repeal of the plan. The town council defends it, saying it’s designed as a guide and not a set of regulations. At a meeting earlier this week, councilors decided to form a committee of citizens to review the plan. In the e-mail from Lessard, she says she asked the town attorney to review the adoption rules for the comprehensive plan after a staff member questioned them.Lessard says the opinion of the town attorney is that since the 2010 plan was not property adopted, the 2001 plan is currently in effect. She adds that the issue will be on the agenda for the next town council meeting, March 21st.