MGL Chapter 41 § 81D,will cover a range of subject matters: Land Use and Zoning; Housing; Economic Development; Natural Resources; Water Supply; Art, Cultural & Historic Resources; Open Space & Recreation; Public Services & Facilities; Natural Hazards & Climate Adaptation; Agriculture; Energy; and Circulation, Transportation & Mobility. This effort is being championed by a Master Plan Committee and its consultant, Weston & Sampson (along with RKG Associates and the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission). This is a generational opportunity for a community conversation that sets a course for the City’s future. Long overdue, this process was last undertaken back in 1962.
of community members took our master plan survey (offered in the summer/fall), and dozens participated in November’s public visioning workshop. Thank you to all who helped establish the direction for our plan!
We continue to welcome public comment at each Master Plan Committee meeting, typically the 3rd Tuesday of each month (meeting notices are posted in advance per Open Meeting Law), and the Planning Department is always open to receiving citizens’ concerns and ideas on any master plan topic. Another public session will be offered in late winter/early spring to present a draft of the Master Plan and solicit further community input. Check back here as the project progresses.
Master Plan Committee
The Master Plan Committee, first organized in the Fall of 2021, is comprised of twelve citizens appointed by the Mayor, two Planning Board members, a City Councilor and a Westfield State University representative. The Planning Department provides staff support and accepts correspondence for the Committee. View their meeting agendas and minutes.
- Jay Ducharme, Chair firstname.lastname@example.org
- Rick Barry
- Jennifer Battles
- Jillian Battles
- Brent Bean II (City Council)
- Sharon Greany
- Rania Kfuri
- Les Pooler
- Bernie Puza (Planning Board)
- Richard Salois (Planning Board)
- Bill Schneeloch
- Alexandra Smialek
- Maureen Socha (WSU)
- Harrison Stefano
- Agma Sweeney
- Melissa Trzasko
While the following recent Planning Department initiatives are not as comprehensive in scope, they guide other policy decisions are expected to inform the development of the master plan.
[This page was last updated on December 1, 2022]