2009 Master Plan Update, Adams, MA
Master Plan Project

This website has been developed for the residents of the Town of Adams and others interested in the development and implementation of Adamsís Master Plan. Use the links above to get more detailed information about the Plan and its development process.

What is a Community Master Plan?

A Community Master Plan:

  • tells a community what it looks like today and what direction it has decided it wants to go for the future; it includes assessments of existing resources and issues, projections of future conditions and needs, and consideration of collective goals and desires
  • is a policy guide and provides a framework for the physical development of the municipality. While the emphasis is on buildings and infrastructure, it does not ignore the important social and economic values of the community. The master plan is a method of translating the community's values into specific actions
  • covers a time frame of about 10-15 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 planning documents and initiatives, for example the Open Space & Recreation Plan and the Downtown Development Plan.
The Master Plan is NOT a zoning bylaw, a subdivision regulation, a budget, a capital improvement program or other regulatory document. It is meant to be the basis for the preparation of these elements.

For more information, see the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page.

How is Adams building its Master Plan?

  • Funding from the Community Development Block Grant program and town funds
  • Master Plan Steering Committee
  • Public information, outreach and meetings
  • Review of strategies from previous planning efforts
  • Data collection and trend analysis
  • New implementation plan
Information and data are gathered from the other prior planning studies, while current views and opinions are being collected through community events where residents are invited to provide inputs. Other sources include data provided from state census data, and mapping data provided by one of the consulting teams. See the Master Plan Process for more information.
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