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Northfield to review master plan tonight

NORTHFIELD — The town’s new 20-year master plan is in its final draft and nearly ready for print.

The Master Plan Roundtable Committee will review and discuss the document at 7 tonight in Town Hall. Members hope to have the plan all wrapped up by month’s end.

The town spent $79,000 on the plan, which is nearly ready after 12 months of work. The master plan was authored by landscape architect Martha Lyon and her team, working closely with members of the Master Plan Roundtable and Steering committees.

It includes eight goals: promote and preserve open space and natural features; foster recreation and community gathering opportunities; promote economic development townwide; preserve and revitalize Main Street; maintain public facilities, improve public services and enhance communication; expand housing opportunities and support neighborhoods; enhance transportation and circulation; and promote Northfield’s history and culture.

Several communitywide forums, as well as smaller focus groups, were held to gather residents’ ideas, concerns and priorities.

“We’ve had a lot of great input, and here’s one more chance to comment before we hit ‘print,’” said Richard Fitzgerald, chairman of the Master Plan Roundtable Committee.

Fitzgerald hopes residents will take a moment to look over the plan and share their thoughts.

The final draft is available online at

The committee will accept written comments until Jan. 15. They may be sent to or Master Plan Roundtable, C/O Town Hall, 69 Main St., Northfield, MA 01360. You may also reach the committee through the town secretary at 413-498-2901.

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