Acton 2020 Community Comprehensive Plan

Welcome, Information, and Group Assignments

The Planning Process

“a basis for decision making regarding the long-term physical development of the municipality” (MGL Ch 41 Sec 81D)

The Planning Process

Purpose: to elicit the input of Acton residents and businesses:

Process:

Phase I: Community Outreach

Six Emerging Goals

Preserve Town Character

Plan for Sustainability

Improve Connections

Provide Opportunities for Gathering

Support Inclusion and Diversity

Preserve/Enhance Town Assets

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Phase II Planning Process

Connecting Goals and Elements

Key Findings from the Inventory

Current estimates for 2010:

Current estimates for 2010:

Current estimates for 2010:

Current estimates for 2010:

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MAPC* expects population growth to remain slow (3.5% from 2010 to 2020)

The over 55 share will increase by 2020

Demographics: Acton Population by Age

Housing

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Observations:

Economic Development

Economic Development

781 businesses reported employment to the state in 2009

Economic Development

Economic Development

1/3 of Acton residents surveyed do half or more of their shopping in town

Observations:

Natural Resources

Acton’s water comes from groundwater wells in five areas of town

Historic and Cultural Resources

The five villages date from 1735 (Acton Center) and the mid-19th century (West, South, East, and North Acton)

Open Space and Recreation

25% of Acton’s 20 square miles is public open space or recreation areas; 2/3 of this is protected

Community Facilities and Services

Major needs identified in past master plans have been fulfilled: Memorial Library, Public Safety Facility, Parker Damon school building, R.J. Grey JHS and ABRHS expansions

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Town Hall space for departments is tight

Facilities and Services: Taxes

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Facilities and Services: Taxes

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Circulation and Transportation

Road congestion hot spots and some safety issues; traffic not easily limited

Next: Discussion Groups

Purpose: thinking together about trends, issues, and opportunities for the future

Everyone should have: