Working Papers Arriving…
So far, RKG has delivered three Working Papers: Cultural and Historical, Transportation, and Housing as part of the Master Plan process.
These papers focus on land use “elements” defined by the Commonwealth in Chapter 41. From a document on the Town of Hingham’s website:
“The legal basis for master planning in Massachusetts comes from Chapter 41, Section 81D of the General Laws of Massachusetts. This act creates the requirement for a community Master Plan “to provide a basis for decision making regarding the long-term physical development of the municipality.”
The Planning Board is charged with the creation of the Master Plan to include the following elements:
- vision and goals
- land use
- economic development
- natural resources
- open space and recreation
- services and facilities
Public participation plays an important role in the process, as the law requires an “interactive public process” to determine the goals and policies. Master plans are generally implemented through a town’s land use regulatory powers such as zoning.
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The results of the ‘Analysis of Key Issues Survey’ will help guide RKG’s analysis and ensure that the ten-year Master Plan accurately reflects Harvard’s community ideas and attitudes on such topics as Housing, Commercial Development, Public Facilities, Town Center, Transportation, Conservation, and Devens. You can see the raw data results of the survey at MPSurveyResults.