Dighton’s Master Plan

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All Dighton residents are invited to a Public Forum on Wednesday, January 29, 2014, from 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM at John Van Gyzen Hall, 495 School Street, N. Dighton

At this event:

  • Kick-off meeting to bring everyone up to speed on planning process
  • Questions and answers about content and process
  • Brief snapshot of Dighton demographic and land use statistics
  • Input on community character and the future vision for Dighton
  • Break out group reports

A Master Plan:

  • Tells a community what it looks like today and what direction it has decided it wants to go for the future; it includes assessments of existing resources and issues, projections of future conditions and needs, and consideration of collective goals and desires.
  • Is a policy guide and provides a framework for future land use decision-making and the physical development of the municipality. While the emphasis is on buildings and infrastructure, it does not ignore the important social, natural resource and economic values of the community. The master plan is a method of translating the community’s values into specific actions.
  • Covers a time frame of about 10-20 years; it is assumed that shorter-term reviews will keep it current with the changing needs of the community.
  • Is closely integrated with other municipal planning documents and initiatives, for example in Dighton the Housing Production Plan that is currently being updated.

The Master Plan is NOT a zoning by-law, a subdivision regulation, a budget, a capital improvement program or other regulatory document. It is meant to provide the framework for the development of these plan implementation tools.