A committee has been established to implement the new Downtown Master Plan, recently accepted by the Board of Selectmen — a process that First Selectman Jim Marpe said could span several years.

Marpe on Wednesday announced that he has set up the Downtown Plan Implementation Committee, with Dewey Loselle, the town’s operations director, and Melissa Kane, former co-chairmen of the Downtown Steering Committee, serving as leaders of the new panel.

The Downtown Master Plan was accepted and approved for implementation by the selectmen at a special meeting July 15. This latest committee replaces the the Downtown Steering Committee, whose charge was accomplished with the development and delivery of the final master plan, Marpe said.

“The Downtown Steering Committee provided the vision and planning efforts which engaged and galvanized the Westport community,” Marpe said.

The first selectman said implantation of the new downtown plan will require “a much greater involvement of town staff than has previously been needed during the planning stages.”

He added he is “pleased that some of the members of the Downtown Steering Committee will remain involved with the new committee.”

Marpe said Loselle will be working with a variety of town departments and will also partner with Kane to work with the outside entities that will be involved. “Melissa will also keep the public informed as we move through the process. I am grateful for their enthusiasm and commitment to the project,” he added.

“We will seek to incorporate and retain the character and small-town values that many residents expressly stated were important to them,” he said.

He said that completing the plan will be “a multi-year process which begins now,” but “may well be ongoing past my time in office.”

The first meeting of the Downtown PIC will be announced shortly, Marpe said.

The final plan can be found at www.downtownwestportct.com/products