Community Master Plans
Dartmouth Master Plan
This web page is the online hub of the Master Plan process. We keep this site up to date with new information and online and in-person events - please check in regularly and view the project sub-pages listed below. The next public workshop, set for March 18, 2021 at 6:00PM via Zoom is on the topics of transportation and community services and facilities. See the workshop page for additional details.
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OPPORTUNITIES TO PARTICIPATE
- Public Comment Form
- Join the Mailing List
- Workshop Schedule
PRESENTATIONS AND WORKSHOP MATERIALS
Workshop #1: Discovery
- "Discovery" Public Workshop Presentation
- Dartmouth Week Newspaper Article
- "Discovery" Public Workshop Summary Report
Workshop #2: Land Use, Economic Development, and Housing
Workshop #3: Open Space, Recreation, and Natural and Cultural Resources Workshop
PAST PLANS AND REPORTS
- Dartmouth Master Plan, 2007
- Economic Impact of Agriculture Study Dartmouth, MA, 2009
- Local Multi-Hazard Plan, 2015 Update
- Dartmouth Open Space and Recreation Plan, 2015
- Sustainability Report, 2017
- Apponagansett Climate Vulnerability Assessment, 2018
- Dartmouth Housing Production Plan, 2018
- Padanaram Harbor Management Plan, 2019
Elements of a Master Plan
According to Massachusetts General Law, a Master Plan has nine required "elements" (or "chapters"). We post drafts of each element here as they are created, and welcome comments on any section.
- The Statement of Goals and Policies sets out Dartmouth's vision for the future. It presents community values, goals, and the land use objectives that will meet these goals.
- The Land Use Element describes Dartmouth’s current and future land use patterns, including proposed locations for various types of activity, such as residences, businesses, and recreation, and the preferred relative intensity of development across the town’s diverse built landscapes.
- The Housing Element creates a plan to meet the town's housing needs, which are identified using demographic and market information.
- The Economic Development Element identifies strategies for growing the town's economy by building upon local strengths and bringing new and compatible opportunities to Dartmouth.
- The Natural and Cultural Resources Element is an opportunity for Dartmouth to highlight and take stock of its natural, cultural, and historic resources.
- The Open Space and Recreation Element describes existing open space and recreational facilities in town and aligns plans for future recreation and open space with project population needs.
- The Services and Facilities Element identifies existing and anticipated needs for public infrastructure and services.
- The Circulation and Transportation Element provides an inventory of existing and proposed transportation infrastructure and services across all modes including private cars, public transit, and bicycle and pedestrian routes.
- The Implementation section provides a blueprint and schedule for making the master plan a reality.