Making Democracy Work

First Fridays

2014-2015

*NOTE FOR APRIL FIRST FRIDAY - Forum Held at Kelty Hall, St. Brigids on Friday APRIL 10*

A monthly forum usually held on the first Friday of every month. Speakers present on topics of importance to Lexington residents.

To see previous First Friday Forums on Lexmedia go to http://www.lexmedia.org/ondemand.html click on the 'Categories' tab, then select "League of Women Voters"

Date & Time        Place        Description
Friday, March 6, 2015
9:15 AM
Large Meeting Room
Cary Memorial Library
1874 Massachusetts Avenue
Lexington, MA 02420
Is Lexington Ready for Complete Streets?. A number of cities and towns in Massachusetts have joined the national movement toward making roadways safe, comfortable, and accessible for all users. The principle of "Complete Streets" + or "livable streets" -- promotes the design of roadways that accommodates the needs of walkers and cyclists as well as those who drive cars and trucks. Advocates of Complete Street design principles believe that "improving our roadways can increase safety, improve a community's health and well-being, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and advance economic development."

At this year's Spring Town Meeting, Warrant Article 35 will ask Town Meeting Members to accept the State laws governing the Complete Streets Program, thus enabling the Town to apply for funding under the program. A citizen-initiated resolution, Article 45, will ask Town Meeting to recommend that the Selectmen make it a priority to improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists.

The First Friday Forum will feature presentations by Selectman Michelle Ciccolo, Lexington Town Engineer John Livsey, and Town Meeting Member Rita Goldberg, the author of Article 45. What do we mean when we say "Complete Streets?" What are some of the ongoing projects in Lexington that already follow Complete Streets design principles? What steps might be taken to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety as we wait for longer-term improvements?

This is the sixth in the series of 2014-2015 First Friday Forums hosted to promote awareness and understanding of public policy issues.

Coffee will be available at 9:15 a.m. and presentations will begin at 9:30.

For more information, contact lwvlexington@gmail.com. All League forums are open to the public.

Friday, April 10, 2015
9:15 AM *NOTE DATE CHANGE*
*NOTE NEW LOCATION FOR THIS FRIDAY ONLY*

Keilty Hall
St. Bridgid's Church
2001 Massachusetts Avenue
Lexington, MA
Comprehensive Plan: The Lexington We Want - An Update. In the summer of 2000, Lexington began a process of creating a Comprehensive Plan for the Town, involving hundreds of hours from citizens, Town staff and professional consultants. The work involved a review of Lexington's status at that time in a number of key areas; analysis of the resources - natural, cultural and demographic - available to the Town in shaping its future; and projections of the future we wished to see, including both conservation of essential existing values and necessary change and development to reach Town goals.

In 2002 the first portion of our Comprehensive Plan: The Lexington We Want was published, covering four elements: Land Use, Natural and Cultural Resources, Housing and Economic Development. In 2003 an additional element on Transportation was published. This combined document is intended to guide the decision making and goal setting of Town government, particularly the Board of Selectmen and the Planning Board.

As 2015 is well underway, it is a good time to review the Comprehensive Plan, to see what progress has been made on the specific goals and tasks laid out in each of the five elements, and to discuss how those goals and tasks might be brought up to date to meet changing circumstances and the evolution of the Town over the last twelve years.

We look forward to having Charles Hornig, Chair of the Planning Board, members of that Board, and Lexington's Planning Director Maryann McCall-Taylor to walk us through the Plan as it stands and lead the discussion on what development and change it may need to address present circumstances.

*PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE AND VENUE - This forum will be held on April 10 at Kelty Hall, St. Brigid's. (See above for address)*