Based on the “snapshot” of existing land use conditions in town, it is clear that a substantial amount of Conway’s land area still remains largely undeveloped. However, growth trends discussed in the Population and Housing Chapter of this plan indicates that the town will have to make some important decisions about how the remaining land base will be used to support future growth. These decisions will determine whether or not land in Conway is used in the most efficient manner possible to accommodate expected growth, while not detracting from the natural and scenic beauty, and perceived high quality of life associated with this open space.
In terms of community design issues a variety of conceptual design elements have been discussed throughout this chapter for the town as a whole, as well as for each respective village. During the numerous public meetings held for this master plan update, participants have clearly stated that community design elements are becoming increasingly important to the character and attractiveness of Conway. As a tourist and retail destination, the town needs to pay special attention to existing design features throughout the community and provide approaches for considering design related impacts during the review of development proposals. This type of action will require changes to existing planning regulations (zoning ordinance, etc.) and policies, the allocation of additional resources and investment to improve community design features, and the creation of partnerships with local business establishments, non-profit agencies and community groups to work through design issues on a local level. Highway and road improvements slated to proceed throughout the town over the next decade offer an excellent opportunity to work towards incorporating these design concepts throughout Conway.