ADAMS -- The Board of Selectmen is aiming to establish a strategic planning commission by January 2014.
The board met Wednesday night to discuss how to approach recreating the town’s economic vision, or "strategic plan." The selectmen hope to have a framework for the commission by the middle of October.
Once guidelines for the commission are in place, the board says it will seek "shareholders" in the community to join.
Selectmen’s Chair John Duval said over 30 people have already expressed interest in participating.
The selectmen hope the commission will hold its first meetings next January and eventually present a new strategic plan to the board in the following months.
A strategic plan has been an ongoing topic of discussion in Adams. Duval said he’s been working on updating the plan for over a year, which has not been revised since 2004.
The board has spoken at previous meetings about using a strategic plan to enhance economic development and build partnerships between public and private enterprises.
Town Administrator Jonathan Butler said the commission will seek to create a plan with "concepts that are finite but broad enough" to be flexible. It would be reviewed annually.
But it was the consensus of the board that it should, before making any suggestions for the strategic plan, focus on establishing the commission itself.
"I want to go back to the beginning," Duval said.
The board agreed that it should streamline and simplify the process of creating the strategic plan. The selectmen agreed that they should bring in an outside "facilitator," to act as a third party and assist the commission in creating a vision.
The board also discussed the structure of the committee. Duval said that he would like to avoid breaking up the committee into separate subcommittees.
Selectman Joseph Nowak said that having too many people involved might be counterproductive, but also suggested that the public should be able to make suggestions.
The board agreed that timeliness should be stressed since the project has already been on hold for over a year.
Duval said that, despite previous delays, he thinks the project will move forward this time around because the board is unified.
"The selectmen are more involved in the process," Duval said. "We are working as a team."