Westborough "Explores" - Comment Submission

Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Linkedin Email this link

In association with Public Meeting #2, the Master Plan Advisory Committee is soliciting additional comments on the draft Goals and Actions. You can review all of the draft Goals and Actions here.

Please utilize the Comment Submission Tool below to share your thoughts.



In association with Public Meeting #2, the Master Plan Advisory Committee is soliciting additional comments on the draft Goals and Actions. You can review all of the draft Goals and Actions here.

Please utilize the Comment Submission Tool below to share your thoughts.



Submit Your Comments!

loader image
Didn't receive confirmation?
Seems like you are already registered, please provide the password. Forgot your password? Create a new one now.

A second commuter rail stop in downtown Westborough would reduce the amount of traffic in Westborough during the morning and evening commutes. It would reduce pollution, possibly reduce the number of cars needed by a family. It would also attract businesses and families to Westborough.

Rose M. about 1 month ago

I believe the current location of the Senior Center is best rather than moving the center to the former Westborough State Hospital site. Rogers Road is in town and is walkable or a short drive for many seniors. The building should be enlarged to provide space for more activities and classrooms.

Rose M. about 1 month ago

I have recently learned about "Beacon Hill Village" --not a physical entity but a concept--that since 2002 has helped people age in place. There are such "village networks" in 40 states, and I think it would be great to investigate its feasibility for Westborough.

DonnyGK about 1 month ago

Some elders fear change and often worry about the prospect of having to leave the home they love--where they feel safe and comfortable. I wish to stay in my home in Westborough, but I don't know where to turn in town for assistance in aging in place. I would like the Council on Aging to offer information and help to achieve this goal, while I still have all my marbles.

DonnyGK about 1 month ago

It would be wise to ask the newer residents of different cultures (again through Westborough Connects?) if they and their families would use such a Community Center, particularly because they represent the future growth in population in Westborough. Could the activities planned for a new Community Center take place in other underutilized facilities existing already in town?

DonnyGK about 1 month ago

Before the Senior Center is expanded, the residents over 65 should be surveyed to ask if they would use it.

DonnyGK about 1 month ago

Truthfully, I don't want to go to the Senior Center, and I believe there are many active residents over 65 like me. They claim they aren't "old" enough. I don't want to be surrounded by old people. I would feel set apart, branded as old with age-ism, or considered "other" if I spent time there. I want to be an integral part of the Westborough 2021 community, respected for my experience and able to share that experience with residents of other generations. There are those who enjoy the camaraderie and activities of the Senior Center. However, I feel like the needs of the active elders, those who wish to "matter" in the current life of the community and to interact with different generations, have been underserved.

DonnyGK about 1 month ago

Rather than expand the Senior Center, I would propose that the Council on Aging offer multi-generational programs where students teach elders their skills (like computers, social media), and the elders share their expertise like their oral histories, chess, or needlework. These activities could be held in existing underutilized Town facilities, as Carrie Brown noted, such as school libraries that are empty after 2 pm or the Forbes Auditorium.

DonnyGK about 1 month ago

I believe the Library's expansion should be a priority for the Master Plan if the Town is interested in promoting inclusivity and diversity. Nowhere else in town do I regularly meet families and different generations representing our residents of different cultures. Everybody uses the Library--all ages, income levels, and those with and without children because it is a totally welcoming, multicultural place. The Library has many children's programs and activities that celebrate diversity. Parents of all backgrounds will always favor and frequent a free place where their children are happy and learning something. This is our Public Library.

DonnyGK about 1 month ago

One of the best ways to build community is by promoting understanding and appreciation for the arts from the cultures of our newer residents. Indian dance programs, Chinese paintings exhibits, or Latin American music performances, for example, would go a long way to build that understanding. Consulting the hundreds of members of Westborough Connects to see what programs and exhibits those from different backgrounds would be willing to present and attend would certainly promote diversity.

DonnyGK about 1 month ago

Putting up plaques at key historical sites with a little history accompanied by a QRcode would encourage people to learn about Westborough's heritage while they are on family walks or just exploring our historic district. Different historical trivia games, etc. could be created by students.

DonnyGK about 1 month ago

Instead of the two-hour bus tour of historic sites of Westborough, the approach of promoting knowledge of Westborough history and engaging students through technology, social media, and developing apps, such as a "Westborough Go," Pokemon, or geocaching--that high school students develop--is a great idea.

DonnyGK about 1 month ago

Most single use packaging cannot be recycled and ends up in landfills or waste-to-energy plants. Only # 1 and 2 plastics are even recyclable. We need to put the onus on plastic generators, not plastic consumers, for managing plastic waste.

DonnyGK about 1 month ago

The focus on BWALT, which will be expensive and difficult to build due to permitting and property ROW issues, needs to be put into balance with other bike and pedestrian needs in Westborough. It also has to be evaluated in context with what other towns are doing, which is nothing. The focus on BWALT to the exclusion of all else is bad planning and bad policy.

DonnyGK about 1 month ago

The Conservation Commission is drafting up land management plans for the properties it owns.

DonnyGK about 1 month ago

An attempt to buy land adjacent to Veterans Freedom Park failed because the owner would not execute the P&S offered to her after the Town Meeting voted to purchase the land. The offer was later rescinded at Town Meeting.

DonnyGK about 1 month ago

The current OSRP is good until 2025. It is now an electronic document, tied to the town’s GIS system, which can allow it to be updated on a regular basis without having to re-write it from scratch.

DonnyGK about 1 month ago

If cluster/open space residential developments keep open space in the care of a private homeowners association, we need to establish enforceable inspection protocols to make sure they are managed properly. HOAs should establish funds for management of their open space.

DonnyGK about 1 month ago

The rotary is a major impediment to non-vehicular traffic between the northern and southern parts of the town. Traffic signaling is a must. Just because the rotary is “historic” doesn’t mean we cannot update it for the 21st century.

DonnyGK about 1 month ago

The current TOR has problems in that the population of school aged children is far higher than was planned for. Rooms not meant to be bedrooms were converted in violation of the Condominium documents. Building permits were approved by the building department. Much better coordination and enforcement is needed to prevent this from happening again.

DonnyGK about 1 month ago