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Northfield to hold master plan hearing on Wednesday

NORTHFIELD — What are the town’s community goals, and how can they become reality?

The Master Plan Roundtable is holding a public forum Wednesday night to discuss goals for the town and how to reach them.

The forum begins at 7 at the Northfield Elementary School.

The 78-page draft “implementation plan” will soon be available on the town’s website. It includes eight primary goals and objectives; an inventory of existing conditions; a vision of Northfield, as defined by residents at past forums; and a summary of public input around the goals of economic development and preserving Main Street.

According to Planning Board and Master Plan Roundtable Chairman Richard Fitzgerald, the program will include a short presentation of the goals and discussions about how to reach them.

“This will help us write up what we will use as a final draft, that will go into the master plan document that will be presented at annual town meeting this spring,” said Fitzgerald.

The eight goals and objectives are:

∎  Preservation of open space and natural resources.

∎ Promotion opportunities for recreation and community gathering.

∎  Townwide economic development.

∎ Preservation and revitalization Main Street.

∎ Maintaining and improvement of public facilities public services and communication.

∎ Expansion of housing opportunities and support for neighborhoods.

∎ Expanding transportation, pedestrian and bike access.

∎ Promotion of the town’s history and culture.

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