Master Plan Home

This Website has been developed for the residents of the Town of Charlton and others interested in the development and implementation of Charlton's Master Plan Update. Use the links above to get more detailed information about the Plan and its development process.

What is a Community Master Plan?

A Community Master Plan:
  • tells a community what it looks like today and what direction it has decided it wants to go for the future; it includes assessments of existing resources and issues, projections of future conditions and needs, and consideration of collective goals and desires

  • is a policy guide and provides a framework for the physical development of the municipality. While the emphasis is on buildings and infrastructure, it does not ignore the important social and economic values of the community. The master plan is a method of translating the community's values into specific actions

  • covers a time frame of about 10-20 years; it is assumed that shorter-term reviews will keep it current with the changing needs of the community

  • is closely integrated with other municipal planning documents and initiatives, for example in Charlton, the Open Space & Recreation Plan, Tri-Community (Charlton, Sturbridge, Southbridge) Corridor Planning Study, Economic Development Analysis of the Rt. 169 Corridor, etc.

The Master Plan is NOT a zoning bylaw, a subdivision regulation, a budget, a capital improvement program or other regulatory document. It is meant to be the basis for the preparation of these elements.

For more information, see the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

How is Charlton building its Master Plan?
  • Funding
  • Planning Board
  • Public outreach and meetings
  • Data collection and analysis that will ultimately be rolled into the Master Plan document
  • New implementation plan.

Information and data are gathered from the 2000 Master Plan and other prior studies, while current views and opinions are being collected through community events where residents are invited to provide inputs. Other sources include data provided from state census data, and mapping data provided by one of the consulting teams. See the Master Plan Process for more information.

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