Dartmouth Master Plan

Dartmouth Transportation & Services and Facilities Workshop

Welcome to Dartmouth's Transportation & Services and Facilities Virtual Workshop Page! It will be active for participation from March 8 - April 18, 2021.

Explore the engagement opportunities on this page at your leisure and your pace. Then join us for a real-time virtual transportation and services and facilities public workshop on March 18, 2021 at 6:00 PM via Zoom.

Activity #1: Improvement Mapper

Click the Map Image above to proceed to the Mapper.


The video below demonstrates how to use the Mapper.

Where would you make improvements to Dartmouth's Transportation System and Municipal Services? Estimated time to complete: 15 minutes

The project team has created a Crowdsourcing App that enables anyone with the link to add a point to a map to mark specific issue areas. The App has five maps, each collecting information on one of the following themes:

  • Traveling by Car
  • Traveling by Foot or by Bike
  • Traveling by Transit
  • Transportation Impacts
  • Services and Facilities

Activity #2: Services and Facilities Survey

What Town services do you use? And which would you improve? Estimated time to complete: 15 minutes

The Community Services and Facilities Survey contains a set of questions asking you to describing your experience of Dartmouth's core community assets.

Facilities include the buildings that Dartmouth maintains, staffs, and makes available for public use in support of the local government mission to steward community assets and preserve the quality of life in town.

Services include goods we typically think of like water and sewer management, or police and fire services, but also adequate staffing in town offices and the maintenance of certain processes, such as various town permit and facility reservation procedures, and the formation of Boards and Commissions to consider specific topics, among other potential government services.

Click on the List Icon button above to access the survey.

Activity #3: Transportation Survey

Help us to assesses Dartmouth's transportation needs by answering a few short questions about your own transportation patterns and the improvements to Dartmouth's transportation system that would make the most difference in adding to your quality of life in town. Estimated time to complete: 15 minutes

A crucial part of Dartmouth's updated Master Plan is the Transportation and Circulation Chapter, which considers the Town's existing transportation system and proposes changes that can help to improve roads, bridges, travel patterns, public transportation, freight routes, and bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure.


Click the Page Icon above to access the survey.

Activity #4: Live Virtual Workshop

Join us live on March 18, 2021 at 6:00 PM to discuss Dartmouth's future transportation network and community services and facilities.

A presentation will be followed by small group discussions.

Meeting Dial-In Option Alternative:

+1 646 876 9923
Meeting ID: 827 2187 3587
Passcode: 910654

At the meeting time, click the House/Computer Icon to the left to proceed to the meeting. A new window will open.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is Dartmouth creating a Master Plan?

The State of Massachusetts requires that all cities and towns create and update a Master Plan every 10 years. (Dartmouth’s last Master Plan, from 2007, is therefore in need of a full update.) More importantly, the Master Planning process is a meaningful opportunity for you to come together as a community, to reassess your goals and priorities, and to set a course to achieve those goals over the next several years. Master Plans frequently result in bylaw changes, participating in new state or federal programs, coordinated grant applications and infrastructure investments, updated and more efficient administration, and increased volunteerism, service, and stewardship in a community.

Who should get involved?

The Dartmouth Master Plan will be directly informed and created by the input we receive from town residents, officials, seniors, parents, business owners, and even students! The project team listens to everyone’s ideas, identifies areas of consensus, and provides a road map to make your community goals real. Your ideas – combined with current information – will directly influence this plan and the future of Dartmouth.

How can I get involved?

The best way to get involved with the Master Plan is to interact with the project team, explore data and past plans, and participate in virtual meetings and online exercises to provide your honest feedback. Please visit the “Stay Connected” section of the Dartmouth Master Plan website to find links to all our engagement options.

What is a virtual workshop?

A virtual workshop is a 2-week period during which the project team will seek information from the public regarding specific topics online through a web page and a virtual meeting. The Dartmouth Master Plan’s “Transportation and Services & Facilities” workshop will take place from March 8 to April 18, 2021.

How can I participate in the virtual workshop?

You can simply visit the web page and read the information provided, such as demographic and previous planning summaries. The web page will also host exercises that you can do on your own time, including mapping exercises and brief surveys. The project team will also host live Zoom meetings that are open to the public and designed to actively solicit your ideas, hopes, and input.

What if I can’t make it to any of the live Zoom meeting?

That’s totally ok! You also have the option to complete the online exercises on the virtual workshop page. In addition, we have provided engagement tools that are available at any point during the planning process including, project email, listening line, and public comment form.

Who should I contact if I need special accommodations or translations for materials and/or virtual meeting?

Please contact a member of the project team to discuss your needs and what we can do to accommodate them during the live Zoom meeting. We do request advance notice of 5 business days to prepare and gather all necessary tools and staff.

Where are we in the process?

We are nearing the final stages of the master planning process (workshop 5 of 6). If you would like to review what was discussed at the first three workshops please click here to go to the Dartmouth Master Plan webpage.

What is the final document like?

That depends. Some towns like a long plan with a ton of data – like a text book! Others like a concise, easy-to-understand, graphically engaging document – like a magazine! The project team will make sure that your Master Plan includes sufficient, necessary, but not excessive information on which you can base your decisions ... but we will probably lean towards making sure the plan is concise and approachable … something the average person wouldn’t mind reading at the end of a long work day.

What’s in a Master Plan?

Master Plans have 9 required “Elements.” You can think of these as chapters. They are: Vision, Land Use, Economic Development, Housing, Open Space & Recreation, Natural & Cultural Resources, Services & Facilities, Transportation & Circulation, and Implementation. Because Dartmouth is a coastal community we will be adding a 10th chapter on Climate Change & Resiliency.

How do you make sure the Plan leads to real change? Don’t plans just sit on the shelf for 10 years until it’s time to update them again?

Well, that’s up to you! Master Plans – good Master Plans – should create their own community momentum, optimism, consensus, and excitement. Ideally, when the planning is done, there will be a group of you – let’s call you “Local Champions” – who believe in the work and want to make it real. For its part, the final Master Plan will read like a recipe or an instruction manual:

  • It will include Goals for each Master Plan chapter. We'll describe the main reasons that each Goal is in the Plan; this “Big Picture” usually includes data and quotes from residents and workshop participants that explain why the Goal is important to you as a community.
    • In turn, each Goal will have Strategies and list the main steps needed to achieve them. To make the Plan easy to use, each Strategy, clearly presents:
      • Who’s in charge – we call these the “Responsible Parties.”
      • How to measure success and progress – we call these “Performance Measures.”
      • Where to look for advice – we call these “Example Success Stories” and “Potential Partnerships.”
      • Other items from the Plan that might help – we call these “Complementary Actions.”
  • All these “How To” items appear again, summarized in charts, tables, or other diagrams and graphics, in the Plan’s Implementation chapter.