Master Planning Process

A municipal master plan will be created to serve as the Town's primary policy statement on future development in Acushnet. The process will involve the assessment of current trends relative to the environment, natural and cultural resources, population, demographics, housing stock and economic opportunity. The legal basis for master planning in Massachusetts comes from Chapter 41, Section 81D of the General Laws of Massachusetts. This act encourages Planning Boards to create Master Plans to provide a basis for decision making regarding the long term physical development of the Municipality.

Open space is one of the defining characteristics of Acushnet. Long term preservation of these places for future generations will be a focus of the Master Plan

The municipal master plan will be divided into the nine traditional components:

  • Goals and Policies
  • Land Use
  • Housing
  • Economic Development
  • Natural and Cultural Resources
  • Open Space and Recreation
  • Public Facilities and Services
  • Transportation
  • Implementation


Master Plan Elements

Required Research and Data

Public Process

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