A Franklin County subcommittee looking into land use at townships and plantations in the county is seeking public input.

The meeting of the Franklin Community Planning Process for townships and plantations is scheduled for 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Kingfield Town Office.

John Maloney, of the subcommittee, said recent efforts to improve the effectiveness of land use planning and zoning have focused “in part on the need for more prospective or proactive planning and zoning for these areas.”

There are nine members on the Franklin County subcommittee who represent “large and small property owners, wood products interests, tourism and recreation interests, economic development groups, environmental interests” and area residents, he said in a news release. “Each of the committee members has a connection with townships and plantations.”

The subcommittee has been meeting since February with the Androscoggin Valley Council of Governments and the Land Use Planning Commission to identify anticipated needs to support outdoor recreation growth and zoning changes that are necessary to allow such use, according to the release.

Maloney said those needs might include trails and land use in towns next to the unorganized townships.

He said categories that have to be addressed include “aesthetics, insufficient recreation trail connections, zoning related issues, transition from opportunistic recreation to planned recreation, regulatory coordination, changing outdoor recreation opportunity demand and information needed for the subcommittee to make informed recommendations to the Land Use Planning Commission.”

Maloney said those who want more information can contact the Androscoggin Valley Council of Governments at 783-9186, extension 224.

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