Tyngsboro Aims to Update Master Plan
TYNGSBORO -- The town has launched an effort to update its master plan and officials hope to draw residents to the first visioning session next month.
Town Administrator Matt Hanson said the master plan was last updated in 2004 and, according to a notice on the Tyngsboro website, the new document will address: land use, infrastructure, environmental protection, open space, transportation, housing, and economic development policies.
“A master plan is typically a ten-year document so basically the recommendations of the master plan don’t typically extend more than ten years. Our (plan) is out of date right now,” Hanson said. “There are a number of state grants that require you to include information from your master plan ... not having an updated master plan makes it difficult to apply for some state grants.”
The first of four master plan visioning sessions will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Jan. 9 at Old Town Hall, 10 Kendall Road. The comprehensive document will be developed through a volunteer committee that will use community and department input to identify goals, objectives, foundational principles, and standards to guide the short and long-term growth and development of the community, according to the Tyngsboro website.
“It’s just time to do it because certain things change. Your infrastructure changes, certain lots get developed since we did the last plan,” Selectmen Chair Rick Reault said. “It’s a report on what you’ve done since you’ve done your last master plan and it’s also what our goals are for the future.”
The town has set up a survey to gather information about residents. The survey can be accessed at www.surveymonkey.com/r/TyngsboroughMP .
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