Welcome to the Mattapoisett Master Plan!
Mattapoisett is creating a Master Plan that will help guide the town moving forward. To complete this work, town officials need to hear from you - Mattapoisett residents, business owners, and workforce members. Your input is the essential ingredient – combined with current, accurate data – that builds your community Master Plan!
What is a Master Plan?
A Master Plan can be many things. It is a narrative that tells the story of Mattapoisett’s history and the experience of living in town today. It is a technical document that considers population, market, and land use changes in order to understand where we are now - and to chart a course for tomorrow. It is a policy document that lays out a consensus vision for Mattapoisett and articulates the strategies and actions that will help the town meet its goals. In short, it is a long-range plan that helps guide the town, that builds trust by making transparent decisions, and that bases those decisions on accurate information and public input. For more detail, please see "Elements of a Master Plan" (below) or these examples from nearby towns.
What's in a Master Plan?
Master Plans have nine 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. Since you’re a coastal community, Mattapoisett's Master Plan will also be considering Climate Resilience.
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.
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The Town is working with Southeastern Regional Planning and Economic Development District (SRPEDD) to develop its next community Master Plan. SRPEDD is a public, non-profit agency that serves 27 communities in southeastern MA. The project will take place from June 2020 to roughly June 2022. Our role is to facilitate a proactive and transparent civic engagement process that gathers and integrates your views on community needs and aspirations.
Master Plan Committee
On Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 7: 00 PM the Mattapoisett Master Plan Committee (MMPC) met for the first time via Zoom. The role of the MMPC is to work with the Planning Board to guide the project by identifying local goals and priorities, to comment on and to influence work that the project team creates, and to be optimistic "Local Champions" for the Master Plan and its future implementation.
The volunteer members of the MMPC have diverse backgrounds, experiences, and connections to the local community. All members were recently sworn in by town leadership, enabling the first meeting to formally begin their role in Master Plan process. Below is the complete list of MMPC members:
|Robert Burgman||Shirley Haley||Colby Rottler|
|Carole Clifford||Kate Haley||Donna Shea|
|Kate Connelly||David Horowitz||Aaron Smith|
|Paul Criscuolo||Nate Ketchel||Tom Tucker|
|Mary Dermody||Robin LePore||Chrystal Walsh|
|Carlos DeSousa||Janice Robbins|
|Yasmin Flefleh-Vincent||Mike Rosa|