"We are trying to prevent pressure from building before they come by putting up protections and designing it (Route 20) the way we want it," said Paul Hasbrouck of Princetown.
Hasbrouck, who is also an advisory board member for the Route 20 corridor land use transportation master plan committee, said people need to be prepared to plan ahead for what is likely to come, such as new companies like Sematech locating in the area and bringing in more people.
"West is where they will have room to move to, which is right here," he said.
Local farmer Richard Friedlander said the only problem he faces is with water for farm use.
"They should talk about farm development, not bicycles," he said. "This is the rational way you have to have development."
Behan Planning Associates and the CDTC will draft design guidelines from ideas that came out of the workshop and present them again in the early spring with the final master plan expected in May 2008.""