What is the Master Plan and why is it needed?
Master planning equips towns with the direction and goals necessary to grow and develop toward meeting the needs of the community. A good plan outlines goals, objectives, and action steps toward implementation and insures that goals are met.
Who implements the goals of the Master Plan?
According to Bellingham’s Home Rule Charter adopted on May 26, 2004, the Planning Board will perform a comprehensive review of the Town’s Master Plan every ten years. In 1998, the Master Plan was approved by the Town, but it was not stated who would be responsible for implementation of the goals.
Consequently, the approved 2010 Master Plan included a provision that the Planning Board would bear the responsibility of implementing the goals of the Master Plan. The Master Plan Implementation Committee (MPIC) was then formed and began the process of moving forward with the goals set forth in the plan.
What are the goals of the Master Plan?
The major goals set forth in the 2010 Master Plan are:
- Land Use and Growth
- Town Centers
- Residential Strategy
- Economic Strategy
- Community Facilities
- Natural Resources, Open Space, and Recreation
- Cultural Resources
Who can be on the MPIC?
Any town resident can be a member of MPIC but must first contact the Town Planner. The resident must be nominated and approved by the Planning Board.