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The Town of Westborough embarked on an approximately two year-long planning process to update its town-wide Master Plan (the Plan). The Town employed an engaging process where residents, businesses owners, and local stakeholders helped shape the ideas and recommendations in the Plan. This process was carried out in three phases:

Phase
Schedule
Westborough "Reflects"
November 2019 – October 2020
Westborough "Explores"
November 2020 – February 2021
Westborough "Confirms"
March 2021 – July 2021
Finalizing the Master Plan
August 2021 - September 2021


A Master Plan:

  • Documents and illustrates what a community looks like today and what direction it has decided it wants to go in the future; it includes assessments of existing resources and issues, projections of future conditions and needs, and consideration of collective goals and desires.
  • Provides vision, direction, and a defined achievable future by establishing specific goals and strategies for land use; community appearance and design, housing and neighborhoods, jobs and economic vitality, transportation, public services and facilities, natural resource protection; open space and recreation; history, arts and culture, sustainability, public health and regional coordination.
  • Covers an approximate time frame of 10 to 15 years; it is assumed that shorter-term reviews will keep it current with the changing needs of the community.
  • Is closely integrated with other municipal documents and initiatives.

The Master Plan is NOT a zoning ordinance, a subdivision regulation, a budget, a capital improvement program or other regulatory document. It is meant to provide the framework for the development of these implementation tools.

What is involved in preparing a Master Plan?

  • An Advisory/Steering Committee that oversees the Master Planning process
  • Public outreach and meetings
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Preparation of Master Plan chapters (often referred to as Elements)
  • An implementation plan

Information is gathered from the prior planning studies, while current views and opinions are collected through community outreach events. Other sources of information include data provided from government-level resources (for example, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Town Assessors Office).

What are the focuses of the Westborough Master Plan?

  • Land Use and Development Patterns
  • Housing
  • Economic Development
  • Natural, Cultural, and Historic Resources
  • Open Space and Recreation
  • Public Facilities and Services
  • Transportation and Circulation
  • Sustainability and Climate Change
  • Public Health

The Town of Westborough embarked on an approximately two year-long planning process to update its town-wide Master Plan (the Plan). The Town employed an engaging process where residents, businesses owners, and local stakeholders helped shape the ideas and recommendations in the Plan. This process was carried out in three phases:

Phase
Schedule
Westborough "Reflects"
November 2019 – October 2020
Westborough "Explores"
November 2020 – February 2021
Westborough "Confirms"
March 2021 – July 2021
Finalizing the Master Plan
August 2021 - September 2021


A Master Plan:

  • Documents and illustrates what a community looks like today and what direction it has decided it wants to go in the future; it includes assessments of existing resources and issues, projections of future conditions and needs, and consideration of collective goals and desires.
  • Provides vision, direction, and a defined achievable future by establishing specific goals and strategies for land use; community appearance and design, housing and neighborhoods, jobs and economic vitality, transportation, public services and facilities, natural resource protection; open space and recreation; history, arts and culture, sustainability, public health and regional coordination.
  • Covers an approximate time frame of 10 to 15 years; it is assumed that shorter-term reviews will keep it current with the changing needs of the community.
  • Is closely integrated with other municipal documents and initiatives.

The Master Plan is NOT a zoning ordinance, a subdivision regulation, a budget, a capital improvement program or other regulatory document. It is meant to provide the framework for the development of these implementation tools.

What is involved in preparing a Master Plan?

  • An Advisory/Steering Committee that oversees the Master Planning process
  • Public outreach and meetings
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Preparation of Master Plan chapters (often referred to as Elements)
  • An implementation plan

Information is gathered from the prior planning studies, while current views and opinions are collected through community outreach events. Other sources of information include data provided from government-level resources (for example, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Town Assessors Office).

What are the focuses of the Westborough Master Plan?

  • Land Use and Development Patterns
  • Housing
  • Economic Development
  • Natural, Cultural, and Historic Resources
  • Open Space and Recreation
  • Public Facilities and Services
  • Transportation and Circulation
  • Sustainability and Climate Change
  • Public Health
Page last updated: 20 Oct 2021, 05:10 PM