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Welcome to the Wareham Master Plan Home Page!

The Town of Wareham is currently updating its 1998 Master Plan.  A Master Plan is the long term policy document that helps the community manage growth and change, preserve its natural resources, maintain public facilities and services, protect property rights, promote economic development, and build upon its strong character. In 2017, Wareham will host three Master Plan Workshops. The purpose of these public, open meetings will be to gather valuable input from you, the residents and business-owners of Wareham. In other words, the Master Plan needs your input!

Many thanks to the Wareham residents and business-owners who attended the Master Plan Discovery Workshop on Saturday, June 3.  A video of that event is available below. 

Also, please be sure to attend the second workshop at 6:30 PM on Thursday September 14 in the Town Hall Auditorium!

As work on the Master Plan continues, please post your comments to the Wareham Master Plan Facebook page. You may also share your ideas by emailing the Planning Board

Continue reading below to learn about the nine original elements of the Master Plan from 1998. This page also contains interactive maps and a document library of other relevant information - including materials from the June 3, 2017 Master Plan Discovery Workshop. 


 

Master Plan 101: Elements of the Master Plan

According to Massachusetts General Law, a Master Plan has nine required "elements" (or "chapters"). Drafts of each element will be posted here as they are created. Feel free to comment on any part of the master plan using the comments board, below. 

1. Statement of Goals and Policies:  This element sets out Wareham's vision for the future. It presents the community's values, its goals, and the patterns of development that will meet these goals.
2. Land Use:  In this section, the community describes its current and future land use patterns, including proposed locations for various activities such as residences, businesses, and recreation.
3. Housing:  The Housing element creates a plan to meet the town's housing needs, which are identified using demographic and market information.
4. Economic Development:  This section identifies policies and strategies for growing the town's economy by building upon local strengths and bringing new and compatible opportunities to Wareham.
5. Natural and Cultural Resources:  This element is an opportunity for Wareham to create an inventory of its natural, cultural, and historic resources.
6. Open Space and Recreation:  This section describes existing and future needs for open space and recreational facilities in town.
7. Services and Facilities:  The Services and Facilities element identifies and analyzes existing and anticipated needs for public infrastructure and services.
8. Circulation:  This section provides an inventory of existing and proposed transportation infrastructure and services. 
9. Implementation:  The Implementation section provides a blueprint and schedule for making the master plan a reality.
 

 

Videos

Thanks to Wareham Community TV for providing video of the first Master Plan Discovery Workshop.
 


 

Interactive Maps

The interactive Zoning and Parcel map below provides background information for your Master Plan.  Be sure to click on the map features to access "info bubbles" containing more details. Use the arrows to get data from various map layers. Also, please be on the lookout for more interactive maps in the coming months.

 

The interactive FEMA Flood Zone map below provides background information for your Master Plan.  Be sure to click on the map features to access "info bubbles" containing more details. Use the arrows to get data from various map layers. Also, please be on the lookout for more interactive maps in the coming months.

 

 

Document Library (new files are posted as they become available)

The following documents provide background on the Wareham Master Plan. Please click on a link and be sure to follow the instructions should the file be large.
 

Master Plan Discovery Workshop on June 3, 2017


Plans and Reports


Zoning

 

 

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