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Community Development and Planning Services
Neighborhood Visioning, Plan Development and Implementation
Local Bylaw Development
Worked with various communities to engage residents in development of local bylaws, addressing previously-identified priorities. In some cases, the bylaw would be brought to multiple communities for consideration, and was developed by representatives of those multiple communities working collaboratively
Planning for Development of Regional Impact
Assist community in development of planning framework for large scale development potential. Development is often a two-sided experience – the positive impacts resulting from prior planning, and the negative impacts experienced when we have not planned adequately. Our report, “Gambling on Development” shows how to tip the odds in your local community’s favor; Learn how to Take Stock, Develop a Process, Make Revisions and Execute the Plan.
Housing Plans; Local and Regional Collaboratives (Planning for Housing)
Work with a collaboration of Town Administrators, housing stakeholders and housing advocates in several participating communities to consider strategies to improve each town’s activities with regard to housing planning and development. Without a professional planner or housing specialist, many Central Massachusetts towns are challenged to create housing plans, oversee and promote housing development, and work toward the state’s mandated 10% affordable housing goal. This exciting project may lead to the development of a model that can be replicated in other small Massachusetts towns. In fact, the Lt. Governor’s Regionalization Report specifically identified this topic as warranting investigation on how best to collaborate and combine efforts and energy.
Planning for Water Resources Across Municipal Boundaries
Working with representatives from seven contiguous towns, we have assisted the newly formed regional collaborative in compiling available water resource information, identifying future data analysis needs, and highlighting opportunities for future cooperation that will lead to improved water resource management, mitigation, protection and distribution.
Green Energy Technical Assistance
In 2014, the Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission (CMRPC) initiated a DLTA-funded pilot program to provide technical assistance to communities seeking improved energy efficiency. Through this program, five communities have already achieved major energy– related goals. Building on these successes, CMRPC is now helping communities throughout the Region reduce energy consumption and costs, access energy-related grants, and achieve Green Communities Designation.