Mon. Dec 4th, 2023

BUZZARDS BAY — Bourne’s fifth town planner since the 1960s will retire in December after riding herd on a long list of projects that have re-shaped the town over the past 25 years — to a point of near-total residential buildout.

Coreen V. Moore was first hired as an engineering technician before merging her work with town planner duties. She can be modest in her arguments to the elected planning board with its competing visions, and quite direct when a deliberative process starts to break down and tough decisions are on the line, past and present town officials said.

“Coreen provided a measure of professionalism in the planner’s office,” Selectman Chairman Peter Meier, a former 16-year planning board member, said. “She quickly became a reliable resource for the planning board and its need for technical assistance. And on projects and zoning issues.”

Bourne Town Planner Coreen Moore

Originally hired as an engineering technician

Moore, a lifelong Bourne resident and Wampanoag Tribe member, could ably research, read, understand, explain and reconsider impacts of planning, zoning and subdivision controls, town officials and past Planning Board members said. She was known as being approachable and understanding of all viewpoints in a project review, pointing toward solutions to problems stemming from political maneuvering and distrust of some developers, they said.

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