UPDATE: The Town of Northborough has completed a year's long planning process to update the town-wide Master Plan. The Town engaged with residents, businesses owners and local stakeholders to help shape the ideas and recommendations in the Plan. The 2020 Master Plan was unanimously approved by the Northborough Town Planning Board in March of 2020.
The Master Plan is NOT a zoning ordinance, 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 implementation tools.
Information and data are gathered from the 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 government-level census and mapping data provided by one of the consulting teams.
The Vision Statement will articulate the long-term vision for Northborough and will highlight some of the major issues and opportunities that will need to be addressed in the next 20+ years.
This chapter provides an overview of the Town's current land use patterns and will include recommendations and guidance on how the Town might preserve, grow and change land uses in the future.
This chapter will summarize Northborough's existing traffic network and will assess the various transportation modes the Town offers now and in the future. Walking, biking and transit will be explored, in addition to understanding vehicular traffic opportunities and constraints.
This chapter will provide a summary of the Town's housing stock and will assess the need to supplement that inventory with future housing choices. Key to this chapter is understanding demographic changes, household incomes, and employment.
This chapter will provide a summary of the Town's economic profile and seek to understand how the Town might strengthen its economic base by looking at jobs, income, and local and regional employment opportunities.
This chapter will address Northborough's natural, cultural, and historic resources, identifying goals and strategies to preserve and leverage these important town-wide systems.
This chapter will outline goals and actions related to Northborough's public facilities, such as the Town Hall and Library. The recommendations will look at ways the Town could maintain or expand services that are provided to the community.
The final chapter will provide a summary of the goals, actions and recommendations so that the Town will be in the position to advance the Master Plan over time. Timelines, priorities and champions will be identified for each recommendation.