The Recorder – Montague launches polls to start a comprehensive planning process


Posted: 06/21/2022 15:35:36

Modified: 06/21/2022 15:35:17

MONTAGUE — The city is seeking public input as it prepares to embark on a comprehensive, multi-year planning project, announced Megan Rhodes, senior transportation and land use planner for the Franklin Regional Council of Governments.

Titled “Five Villages: One Future,” this comprehensive planning series looks at least 10-15 years into the future and aligns with the state-mandated urban planning process that last saw a comprehensive plan drawn up. at Montague in 1999.

Public outreach, Rhodes announced, will take place over the next year, with surveys now available and workshops held in the winter of 2023. The end goal is to ensure “a healthy, strong and resilient future.” climate” for Montague, “while still retaining its uniqueness and sense of community,” according to a press release from Rhodes.

Montague’s comprehensive planning website at montagueplans.org defines comprehensive planning as “an open and public process that identifies a community’s vision for its physical and economic development”. Specifically, the plan created will include sections defining land use, housing objectives, economic development strategies, natural and cultural resources, open spaces and places of recreation, services and facilities and systems. transport.

The revised plan will also emphasize “planning for climate resilience so that the city can be prepared to address identified vulnerabilities” in the 2018 Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Plan (MVP), according to a letter the president of the selection committee, Rich Kuklewicz, had previously written to Secretary of State for Energy and Environmental Affairs Kathleen Theoharides.

In early May, the selection committee approved urban planner Walter Ramsey’s proposal to apply for $80,000 under the MVP Action Grant program. Primarily, Ramsey said, the grant would be used to hire a consultant to write the full plan.

“The angle I propose for the MVP program … is to infuse climate change preparedness throughout the plan,” Ramsey previously said, “and to do so robustly in every chapter.”

City Administrator Steve Ellis said the comprehensive planning process will help guide city officials’ decisions when planning for Montague’s growth and development.

“I look forward to hearing from our residents and hearing their vision for Montague’s future,” Ellis said. “I invite all Montague residents, business owners, landowners, employees, students, artists and other interested parties to take part in this process and be part of the future of the community. .

The public survey is available in English at surveymonkey.com/r/montague5 and in Spanish at surveymonkey.com/r/Montagueencuesta. For updates and details on the planning process, visit montagueplans.org or contact Ramsey at [email protected]

Reach Julian Mendoza at 413-772-0261, ext. 261 or [email protected]

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