REQUIRE LOCAL REUSE COMMITTEES in order to preserve local participation, and a balanced state-local decision-making process.
Municipalities should continue to have a strong planning role, beginning in the early stages of land disposition discussions. Local reuse committees, which traditionally consist mainly of local citizens and planners, should determine the reuse of any significant state property recommended by DCAM for disposition. To ensure proper representation of public interest stakeholders, the composition of the reuse committee should parallel that of the Community Preservation Act Committee, with the addition of a representative of the Regional Planning Authority. (Reuse committees are currently allowed under Chapter 7, but are not required.) Formation of such a committee should be required for larger properties or whenever requested by the municipal executive body. As typically practiced under Chapter 7, the recommendations of the reuse committee should be the basis of any transfer legislation.