A Master Plan is a policy guide that provides a framework for the physical development of a municipality. It tells a community what it looks like today and what in what direction it wants to go in the future. It includes assessments of existing resources and issues, projections of future conditions and needs, and consideration of collective goals and desires.
While the emphasis is on buildings and infrastructure, it does not ignore the important social, natural resource and economic values of the community. The plan is a method of translating the community's values into specific actions over a period of 10 - 20 years. The Master Plan is NOT a zoning bylaw, a subdivison 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.
The Cohasset Master Plan will integrate other recent planning documents and initiatives, including the most recent Open Space and Recreation Plan, work from the newly-formed Harbor Committee, and the Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Program. The Cohasset Master Plan Committee plans to collaborate with various town committees in the development of the Master Plan and its recommendations. The process began in 2016, when the Cohasset Planning Board and MAPC completed a visioning process as a precursor to the larger, more comprehensive Master Plan.
What is involved in preparing a Master Plan?
- Review of prior planning studies
- Data collection and analysis that will ultimately be rolled into the Master Plan document
- Public outreach and meetings where residents and other stakeholders can provide input
- Preparation of the chapters of the plan (sometimes call plan elements)
- Creation of an implementation plan with recommendations
What are the main sections of the Master Plan document?
Land Use & Zoning
Natural Resources & Open Space
Historic & Cultural Resources
Transportation & Circulation
Capital Facilities & Services
Energy & Sustainability