The Long Range Planning Committee got a fresh start at Monday afternoon's meeting, where they met with the newly contracted consulting firm and discussed dates for a public hearing on the master plan.

Consultants from Perkins Eastman, as well as members of subcontracted BFJ Planning attended the meeting in an effort to get Phase I of the plan off the ground.

The group first addressed the issue of a public forum, which is tentatively set for Nov. 22 at Town Hall.

Prior to the forum, the committee will host a 90-minute open house followed by a presentation from Perkins Eastman. The open house will allow residents to speak personally with committee members and the consultants.

When asked about the possibility of not having enough time for people to speak, Frank Fish, an associate with BFJ, said, "We'll stay as long as necessary to hear everyone."

LRPC Chairwoman Christine Wagner expressed support for the format noting that the firm was putting in "additional time for listening and making themselves more available than expected."

Fred Chang, a New Canaan resident, offered up some thoughts during the public comments section of the meeting.

"I don't think one public forum is adequate," he said. "I would suggest two open houses."

Chang also suggested that the LRPC come up with a concise mission statement explaining their overall goals to "eliminate misperceptions."

In the meantime, the consultants will review data and other aspects of the town so they are up to speed before moderating a public session.

Phase I tasks also include a public workshop sometime after the first forum. The workshop will likely be more of a roundtable discussion as opposed to a town hall like public hearing.

Next week's regular meeting is scheduled for Monday at 1 p.m. The next regular meeting with the consultants is scheduled for Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. to allow more people to attend.