Master Plan Implementation Committee

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Committee ChargeThe Board of Selectmen has designated updating the Master Plan as a priority. The new Master Plan will be used as a guide for the Town of Boylston in the areas of land use, economic development, housing, transportation, community services, and capital/facilities planning among others.  This document is intended to be a living document that needs yearly review.

The two decades old, Boylston Comprehensive Plan – March 2000 sought to provide recommendations and an implementation plan for addressing the impacts of residential growth including identifying strategies for land use, economic development, natural and cultural resources, housing, transportation, and community services and facilities. In the twenty years since, Boylston has flourished in population growth and land use. The updated Master Plan will reflect, among other things, changes to the Zoning Code, current projects, new environmental and other regulatory constraints, and plan for appropriate land uses to support the long and short term needs of the community as it continues to grow as a suburban destination. The concepts of community sustainability and resiliency will be considered throughout the Master Plan and permeate all topic areas.

Items identified for consideration in the Master Plan update include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Identifying areas for Inclusionary Zoning and other Affordable Housing measures
  • Evaluating the need for Public Transportation
  • Identifying opportunities for improved connectivity with neighboring communities
  • Examining places for public use spaces and amenities
  • Identifying sustainable environmental measures
  • Analyzing the impact of new residential development on the public schools
  • Evaluating infrastructure needs for the area
  • Strategizing economic development measures to entice businesses to town, while maintaining its rural feel
CHARGE:The Master Plan Steering Committee advises on the development of the Master Plan document. The Committee also fosters openness and inclusion in the master planning process through dialogue and communication with the consulting team of CRPC and various stakeholders in the Boylston Community.

VISION:The Master Plan will develop a physical document for the Town of Boylston that optimally reflects and supports the Community’s priorities and goals.

MEMBERSHIP:The Master Plan Steering Committee is comprised of designated Boylston Board and Committee members, and several at large community members. The Committee is guided and led by the

Board of Selectmen, Central Mass Planning Commission, and the Planning Board. Membership will be in existence for approximately 24 to 30 months in order to direct the preparation of the Master Plan.

The Master Plan Steering Committee shall be convened and charged by the Board of Selectmen. Members will be appointed for the term of the update process.

The Committee shall consist of 13 voting members and non?voting members from the Board of Selectmen, as follows:

  • One member of the Board of Selectmen, appointed by the Board of Selectmen
  • One member of the Planning Board, appointed by the Planning Board
  • One member of the Conservation Commission, appointed by the Conservation Commission
  • One member of the Council on Aging, appointed by the Council on Aging.
  • One member of the Parks and Recreation Commission, appointed by the Parks and Recreation Commission
  • One member of the Historic Commission, appointed by the Historic Commission
  • One member of the Berlin-Boylston Regional School Committee, appointed by the Berlin-Boylston Regional School Committee
  • One member of the Zoning Board of Appeals, appointed by the Zoning Board of Appeals
  • One member of the Town Administration, the Town Planner, appointed by the Board of Selectmen, Non-Voting Committee Member
  • Four members at large, appointed by the Board of Selectmen, one member at large, Non-Voting Committee Member
The Master Plan Steering Committee shall appoint a Chair and Vice Chair to guide its efforts and a Clerk to maintain the record of the Committee. The Master Plan Steering Committee shall appoint      subcommittees as it deems necessary to the fulfillment of its duties.

Final approval of the Master Plan will be subject to the Board of Selectmen upon completion of the document by the consulting team and Master Plan Steering Committee.

MEETINGS:The Master Plan Steering Committee and its subcommittees shall establish regular meetings and shall abide by the Massachusetts Open Meetings Law and Town General Bylaws. Meetings will be open to the public and posted with the Town Clerk and in designated spaces.

  In addition to regular meetings, Committee members will be asked to serve on sub?committees, which will schedule their own meetings and post them with the Town Clerk’s Office

The Committee members must attend community wide meetings.

Adopted by the Board of Selectmen

August 10, 2020

Master Plan Steering Committee Members

Member Term Expires Representing Appointed By Position
Richard Baker

June 30th, 2024

Planning Board

Planning Board

Chair

June 30th, 2024

Board of Selectmen

Board of Selectmen

Vice Chair

Mark Antilla

June 30th, 2024

Member at Large - HRP

Board of Selectmen

Secretary

Dennis Goguen

June 30th, 2024

Council on Aging

Board of Selectmen

 
Chris Miczek

June 30th, 2024

Member at Large - Resident

Board of Selectmen

 
Van Baker

June 30th, 2024

Assessors - Non-Voting

Board of Selectmen

 
Claudine Underwood

June 30th, 2024

Parks and Recreation

Board of Selectmen

 
Jeff Walsh

June 30th, 2024

Conservation Commission

Board of Selectmen

 

June 30th, 2024

Zoning Board of Appeals

Board of Selectmen

 
Meagan Grill

June 30th, 2024

Berlin-Boylston Regional School Committee

Board of Selectmen

 
Nancy Filgate

June 30th, 2024

Historical Commission

Board of Selectmen

 

June 30th, 2024

Town Planner, Non Voting

Board of Selectmen

 
Vacancy One

June 30th, 2024

Member at Large

Board of Selectmen

 

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