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Welcome to the Marion Master Plan Home Page!

 

The Town of Marion is currently updating its Master Plan, 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, and build upon its strong character.  The Planning Board is leading this update process. Its mission for the project is "to produce a Master Plan that will guide the community into the future with a plan of action that will sustain an economic direction and a sound quality of life for all Marion residents while preserving the Town’s natural and historic assets." 

MANY THANKS to the approximately 50 residents who attended the recent Master Plan Workshop on Saturday, May 14, 2016 in the Marion Music Hall.  Please see the document library for information about this event (information will be posted by Thursday, May 19) and the six Draft Master Plan elements ("chapters") that have already been completed.

Post your comments below or on the Marion Master Plan Facebook page. You may also share your ideas by emailing the Planning Board

Continue reading below to learn about the nine elements of the Master Plan. This page also contains a comments section, interactive maps, and a document library of other relevant information. 

                         Master Plan Woprkshop Word Cloud!

Elements of the Master Plan

According to Massachusetts General Law, a Master Plan has nine required "elements" (or "sections"). 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 Marion'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 Marion.
5. Natural and Cultural Resources:  This element is an opportunity for Marion 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.
 

 

Comments

Use the discussion forum below to share your opinion and read others' (requires a free Gmail account to post). To start, click on a discussion topic and "reply" to one of the suggested questions or post on any other related issue. You may also post your ideas on the Marion Master Plan Facebook Page using your Facebook account. All input will be collected by the project team.

DISCLAIMER:  This forum is intended for public use.  Please identify yourself if you would like your comment to enter the public record.  Please also remain polite and on point.

 

Maps

The interactive map below provides background information for your Master Plan.  Use the links below this map to navigate to your town's other available maps.  Be sure to click on the map features to access "info bubbles" containing more details.

Zoning

 

 


 

Document Library

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

Draft Master Plan Elements ("Chapters")

Workshop 1: September 27, 2014


Workshop 2: August 1, 2015


Workshop 3: October 24, 2015

Open House: January 4, 2016

Workshop: May 14, 2016

 

Zoning


Maps


Plans and Reports

 

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