Maynard’s Master Plan will serve as a road map for the community to follow as it considers decisions, both large and small, over the next twenty years. This plan will be Maynard’s vision for the future and strategic outline for getting there. The plan is a policy guide that provides a framework for making development and zoning decisions.
The planning process includes an assessment of existing resources and issues, projections of future conditions and needs, and consideration of collective goals and desires. 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. Shorter-term reviews will keep it current and relevant to the changing needs of the community and is closely coordinated with other municipal documents and initiatives.
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 be the basis for the preparation of these elements.
The purpose of the Master Plan is to enable municipal officials to better manage change and to inform residents and businesses about the community's characteristics, trends, and policies. The plan will guide municipal actions, including the regulation of future residential, commercial and industrial growth in Maynard.
The plan contains the following sections, according to the requirements set out by Massachusetts General Laws for a comprehensive (master) plan.
The Master Planning process can be broken down into four major tasks.
Specific meetings will be advertised and conducted to solicit and encourage community participation. A variety of means will be used to keep people informed, for example, newspaper, cable TV, newsletters, and town website. If you ever want to know what is happening, contact the Planning Office (978-897-1302), or visit the department’s website.