Crafting a New Comprehensive Master Plan

Weekly Update

    May 12, 2017

    The Master Plan Committee is hosting two work groups to identify and evaluate potential land use options. Participants will consider and discuss impacts on pedestrian and bicycle friendliness, quality of life, town character, public facilities, natural resources, housing diversity, the local economy, the school system, and local tax revenues.

    The first meeting will be held on Thursday, May 18 from 1-3pm, and will focus on neighborhood issues. The second meeting will take place on Thursday, May 25 from 1-3pm, and will focus on economic development issues. Both meetings will take place at the Community Center.

    While a number of participants have been invited in advance, the public is welcome to attend. Meetings will be facilitated by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council. For more information, please email Sue Brown or call 978-525-6436.

    The work group meetings will be followed by a larger community forum on land use options in June at Manchester Essex Regional High School. Date and details to follow.
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The Master Plan Process

The Town of Manchester is undertaking a two-year community planning initiative to develop a new comprehensive Master Plan. The Master Plan initiative will engage residents, resource managers, the business community, service providers and others in a series of discussions and activities to first develop a shared community vision and then identify the necessary actions for achieving that vision. The Master Plan Committee (MPC) was appointed by the Board of Selectmen and the Planning Board in March 2015. The MPC began meeting in April 2015 with a focus on reviewing previous Master Plan process and goals, identifying community outreach strategies and schedule, documenting existing conditions to create a community profile, reviewing sample vision and master plans to determine what format would be best for Manchester, developing logo and tag line, conducting small sample (3-4 per MPC member) “on the street” interviews, and identifying preliminary themes. 

To view MPC meeting agendas and minutes, please visit the Agenda Center.

Click here for a timeline of the MPC's activities.

For more information on the Master Plan or the planning process, please contact Town Planner Sue Brown by phone at 978-525-6436 or via email, or visit our Documents and Resources page.