The Inspiration for River Park West Lebanon

After the first neighborhood meeting that Lyme hosted to introduce our ideas for the former Bailey Bros. site, I received a letter from a West Lebanon neighbor. In the letter she said, “We recently lost Jean’s Ice Cream Shop. That unassuming little place was a tremendous asset to our community and will be missed. Many older citizens recall fondly the soda fountain in the Red Cross Pharmacy in old West Lebanon. These places had soul, in their own way. I want some soul in old West Lebanon to balance out the lack of it on Route 12A.”

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Why the River Park site in West Lebanon is unique.

My goal is to make River Park the best example of smart growth and sustainable practices in the Upper Valley. Come see for yourself. Lyme will open the site on Saturday afternoons (12 Noon-4:00 PM) starting February 13 until March 6 to allow residents to view the scale model of the River Park Master Plan and the surrounding neighborhood.

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Is City Hall listening?

In most communities, zoning is the vehicle to achieve what the citizens want for their neighborhoods and to prohibit activities that are inconsistent with the broader policies of the City. In Lebanon, this has not been accomplished because the current zoning ordinance was enacted prior to the 2006 Master Plan and the 2009 Principles for a Sustainable Community adopted by the City Council. Since 1999, the City has been trying to reconcile municipal policy, the Master Plan, and the Future Land Use Map with the Lebanon Zoning Ordinance which is outdated.

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