Community Master Plans

Middleborough Master Plan

Welcome to the Middleborough Master Plan Project Page!

Scroll down to explore background information related to creating a vision for Middleborough's future - be sure to check back regularly for new information and online and in-person events!


Welcome to the Middleborough Master Plan!

The Town of Middleborough is updating its Master Plan - a local policy guide designed to help towns make planning decisions for many years. A newcomer should be able to read a Master Plan and understand a given community’s values and priorities at that time. A lot has changed since Middleborough's Master Plan was last updated in 2002 and your input will be the essential ingredient – combined with current, accurate data – that will build the 2026 Middleborough Master Plan!

What is a Master Plan?

A Master Plan - also known as a 'comprehensive' plan or 'community master plan' can be many things:
  • A narrative that tells the story of Middleborough's history and the experience of living in town today.
  • A technical document that considers population, market, and land use changes to chart where we are now a course for tomorrow.
  • A policy document that lays out a consensus vision for Middleborough 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, builds trust by making transparent decisions, and bases those decisions on accurate information and public input.  For more details, please see FAQ or visit our Community Master Plan Page for more information.

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News and Updates

Middleborough Master Plan Update: Open Space and Recreation and Natural and Cultural Resources Survey + Workshop

Jul 2, 2024

Thank you to all who have participated in the Middleborough Master Plan so far! Visit the links below to check out a recap of our Kick-Off workshop and survey responses. …

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Middleborough Master Plan Kick-Off

Mar 6, 2024

Middleborough is updating its Master Plan! A Master Plan is a policy guide designed to help communities create a vision of what they want to look like in the future; …

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Upcoming Events

Middleborough Master Plan: Open Space and Recreation and Natural and Cultural Resources Workshop
July 21 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Thank you to all who have participated in the Middleborough Master Plan so far! Participate as we work to outline and develop our first two Master Plan ‘Elements’ (or Chapters) More >>


Workshop #1: Discovery (05/01/2024)

Thank you all for coming to the first workshop for the Middleborough Master Plan! Scroll below to view the boards from the first workshop.

Interactive Map Gallery


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Check back to learn about relevant data about the future of Middleborough!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Master Plan - For Middleborough

Document Library

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.
  1. The Statement of Goals and Policies sets out Middleborough's vision for the future. It presents community values, goals, and land use objectives that will meet these goals.
  2. The Land Use Element describes Middleborough’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.
  3. The Housing Element creates a plan to meet the town's housing needs, which are identified using demographic and market information.
  4. The Economic Development Element identifies strategies for growing the town's economy by building upon local strengths and bringing new and compatible opportunities to Middleborough.
  5. The Natural and Cultural Resources Element is an opportunity for Middleborough to highlight and take stock of its natural, cultural, and historic resources.
  6. 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.
  7. The Services and Facilities Element identifies existing and anticipated needs for public infrastructure and services.
  8. 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.
  9. The Implementation section provides a blueprint and schedule for making the master plan a reality.

Photos and Videos

Project Team


Photo of Maria Jones

Maria Jones, Public Engagement and Communications Planner

Picture of Taylor Perez

Taylor Perez, Assistant Director of Housing and Community Development

Photo of Chris Welch

Chris Welch, Senior Comprehensive Planner

Town of Middleborough


Leeann Bradley, Director of Planning and Community Development


Patricia Cassady, Conservation Agent


James McGrail, Town Manager