About the 2013 Master Plan
The Town of North Attleborough has started to prepare a new Master Plan for the first time since 1991. This planning process will be completed by the Fall of 2013. The following is a brief description of the plan and the process that will be undertaken to complete it.
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What is a Master Plan?
A 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 future land use decision-making and the physical development of the municipality. While the emphasis is on buildings and infrastructure, it does not ignore the important social, natural resource 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 10-20 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 in North Attleborough the recently completed Open Space and Recreation 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 provide the framework for the development of these plan implementation tools.
What is involved in preparing a Master Plan?
- The Planning Board will be overseeing the master planning process
- Public outreach and meetings
- Data collection and analysis that will ultimately be rolled into the Master Plan document
- Preparation of the chapters of the plan (sometimes called plan elements)
- 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.
What are the major sections of the Master Plan document?
- Goals and Policies Statement
- Land Use
- Economic Development
- Open Space and Recreation
- Natural, Cultural and Historic Resources
- Services and Facilities
- Implementation/Action Plan
The Southeastern Regional Planning and Economic Development District (SRPEDD) completed the economic development and housing sections in recent years and is currently drafting a new Open Space and Recreation Plan for the Town. These planning projects will be updated as needed to integrate 2010 US Census data and will be incorporated into the new Master Plan.