“The rural character of this town can and should be preserved, after all, isn't this why we live here? People move here because they want to see farms, wildlife, and open spaces. These should be preserved and enhanced if possible. Development must be consistent with these needs.
Does this mean that Somerset needs to adopt a no growth policy in order to preserve and protect this community? Not at all, but it does mean that careful thought must be given to how growth is allowed to proceed. If we allow a no-control type growth, then those of us that wish to live in this community must be prepared for the consequences of that decision.
Responsible development can be allowed, however, we must take into account the impact on our roads, schools, taxes, water and the land itself. If not, then the current practice of chopping up the land into lots that look like another Twin Cities suburb will result in this town experiencing many of the problems that they are incurring. However, if the people of this community are willing, we believe other more appropriate forms of subdivision design that enhance and preserve the existing natural resources can and should be done.”
- Town of Somerset Comprehensive Plan 2003-2028, pp.15-16
The following objectives support the previous vision statement (overall plan goals). These objectives and subsequent policies are not specific to any other plan element. Instead, these objectives and policies are more administrative and comprehensive in nature; they pertain to multiple, or all, of the other plan elements.
1. Endeavor to implement and achieve the goals, objectives, and policies found in this comprehensive plan.
2. Anticipate and understand demographic and development trends that affect the Town of Somerset.
3. Encourage residents and other stakeholders to participate in community planning, decision making, and volunteerism.
4. Town decision-making should consider quantitative and qualitative costs and benefits of services and proposed development, including the quality of life of residents, the local economy, and the long-term rural character of the community.