Crafting a New Comprehensive Master Plan


Complete Streets Forum
June 8, 6-8pm, Community Center
Presentation and discussion of recommended concept designs for road, sidewalk and other improvements to make Manchester safer, more accessible and convenient for pedestrians and cyclists.

Master Plan Open House
June 21, 6-8pm, MERHS Dining Hall
Presentation and information stations to present and gather input on potential land use options throughout Manchester. Tell us how you feel about options for more diversified housing, commercial growth, resource protection areas, playing fields, improved transportation and circulation, parking management, public facility placement, and ways to become more sustainable and resilient.
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    June 13, 2017

    This week's blog invites residents to attend the Master Plan Open House on June 21 to learn more about potential revenue-increasing opportunities to allow the Town to provide a well-maintained public infrastructure. Please join friends and neighbors at this drop-in, interactive event to share your thoughts and ideas. Light refreshments and free babysitting will be offered. June 21 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm in the Manchester Essex High School Dining Hall.

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The Master Plan Process

The Master Plan Committee (MPC) has spent many hours meeting with Town boards, committees, citizens and other stakeholders, engaging the community in the process of developing a ten-year Master Plan for the Town of Manchester.

Phase I - The Visioning (2016) 
  • Visioning process is complete; a vision report was published in December 2016. 
  • Hard copies are available at the Library and Town Hall.
Phase II: Recommendations and Action Plan (2017)
  • Feedback indicated that community members believe the fundamental issue the Town faces is how to pay for public infrastructure for water, sewer, roads, sidewalks and other projects associated with ensuring a secure and sustainable Manchester.
  • In response, the MPC and Consultant Team developed potential land use scenarios that would increase town revenues to meet funding needs.
  • The MPC solicited help to evaluate these options and determine a preferred funding plan at public work group meetings.
  • Throughout the year, there will be many additional opportunities to share your thoughts and ideas.
Phase III – Implementation (2018 and beyond)
  • Following adoption of the Master Plan, the MPC anticipates that an Implementation Committee will be constituted and charged with monitoring progress on goals, sharing project updates and continuing public outreach.
  • Capital plans, budgets, policies and initiatives are expected to be developed to support the goals of the Master Plan.
  • Town Meeting will continue to provide for community control through funding, bylaw, and other approvals.
To view MPC meeting agendas and minutes, please visit the Agenda Center.

Click here for a timeline of the MPC's activities.

For more information on the Master Plan or the planning process, please contact Town Planner Sue Brown by phone at 978-525-6436 or via email, or visit our Documents and Resources page.