Monday, January 18, 2010

A Vision for Higganum Village

The Farmer’s Market was just one of the many projects envisioned two years ago as part of a comprehensive plan for guiding Higganum toward a sustainable future. Now that the Market is soundly established and its management turned over to a board of advisors, the founders are refocusing on the broader vision. It is their intention to encourage the thoughtful development of the existing village while preserving historic structures and surrounding farmsteads, woodlands and waterways in order to provide for the community’s health and well-being, economic vitality, cultural continuity, and connection with nature. In so doing, the group hopes to improve the quality of life for this and future generations.

Toward that goal, a steering committee, the Higganum Vision Group, has formed. Open to all of the community, it has quickly grown to over twenty active, committed members. Task forces are already working to: Prepare a record of the Village’s recent projects and their status; Identify the unique characteristics of the Village, naming its strengths and weaknesses; Capture the community’s vision for the Village; Form a non-profit organization; and Obtain funding for programs through grants and fundraising events.

Additional task forces will soon be created with the purpose of: Supporting the Farmers’ Market and other events that coincide with the Village vision; Promoting the village, local businesses, events, and projects; Revitalizing the village economy; and Designing for place-making, traffic calming, pedestrian and bike safety, and sustainability.

If you are interested and action-oriented please join this exciting group. For more information, please contact us.