December 28, 2016
By LEAH DEARBORN
LYNNFIELD — The process of updating the town’s master plan for 2017 has begun.
The Planning Board is spearheading the process by asking residents to give their opinions in a survey.
“We are looking to see what the read of the town is, just in general,” said board Vice Chair Heather Sievers about the online survey, which will be available Jan. 1 through Jan. 28.
The 15-20 minute survey will ask specific questions about a number of ongoing projects in town as well as more general inquiries about what residents like about their community and what can be improved.
LynnfieldMasterPlan.org describes the master plan as a document that records present trends and “provides the opportunity to establish new visions and directions, set goals and map out a blueprint for the future.”
Sievers said the town is mandated to renew its master plan every 10 years and that a replacement for the previous plan, which was created in 2004, is overdue.
Not all of the items selected for inclusion in a master plan become a reality. The original master plan, developed in 1956, proposed that Reedy Meadow Golf Course be made into an airport, said Sievers.
“If everyone in town says they want a mixed-use development in the center, that doesn’t mean a mixed-use development will go there. It just means people in town are okay with that,” said Sievers.
Board co-chairman Alan Dresios emphasized that the purpose of the upcoming survey is mainly to identify key areas of interest to town residents and business owners for later discussion at a public forum.
According to the website, the master plan is broken down into nine chapters that focus on areas like housing, conservation and open space, community facilities, transportation and land use.
Sievers said the creation of a new plan is an ongoing process that is still in the early stages of development. The first public forum regarding the plan is expected to take place in the spring.
“I believe the more eyes on something like this, the better,” said resident Patricia Campbell, who received a preliminary copy of the questions to provide feedback on the survey. “I’m a big fan of ‘groupthink.’”
Hard copies of the master plan survey can also be filled out at the town library and senior center.
Leah Dearborn can be reached at email@example.com.