The following is a press release from Stoughton Town Planner Noreen O’Toole:
On Monday, October 15 at 6 p.m. the Town of Stoughton will host a public meeting at the Stoughton Senior Center, 110 Rockland Street to provide information and gather community input for the Town’s new Master Plan.
The Public Forum is part of the Town’s planning process to create a town-wide Master Plan. The Plan will help the town identify policies, regulations and initiatives needed to guide changes in the community. The Town has retained the services of a professional planning team led by Brown Walker Planners of Newburyport to complete Phase One of the Master Plan focusing on creating a “community vision” and identifying “key issues” the town is facing.
Working with the Town, the Master Plan Committee, and community residents and business owners through a series of stakeholder interviews, public meetings and focus group discussions, the consultant team will help the community come together to discuss and make plans for its future.
The final product for Phase One of the Master Plan will be a Visioning Report that includes an overview of existing conditions within the town, a shared vision statement that outlines the community’s desired future and identifies key issues that need to be addressed to reach that desired future.
To date the consultant team has met with various Town departments and personnel, as well as board and committee members to gain an understanding of the interests and issues of the Town. The team has also submitted draft existing conditions reports on town demographics, land use, housing, economic development, transportation and circulation, natural and cultural resources, public services and facilities, and open space and recreation.
At the October 15 Public Forum, following a light dinner, the consultant team will give a brief presentation and ask for your help in defining Stoughton’s future. This will be an important opportunity for residents, business owners and other stakeholders to learn more about the Master Plan and share any thoughts and concerns they have regarding how Stoughton will change to meet its current and future needs.
Child care will be provided on a first come basis. Transportation for seniors and the disabled is also available. To request child-care or transportation please contact Karen Hall, Director of Council on Aging and Stoughton Youth Commission at (781) 344-8882.