Project Budget and Consultant
At the November 2022 Special Town Meeting, the town allocated $250,000 to the Comprehensive Plan process, specifically to hire an experienced consulting firm to provide the expertise needed to complete and draft our plan.
Following an extensive RFP process, the Select Board and Planning Board held a joint meeting on June 21st, to interview the two consulting firms that were put forward as finalists. Both firms had extensive experience in municipal Comprehensive Plans as well as community engagement. The next step is to review the bids from the consultants and determine the final consultant. We hope to have the consulting firm on-boarded to the project by the July 20th Steering Committee meeting.
What's in a Comprehensive Plan?
Do you love green space in Ashland, such as the Ashland Town Forest? Are you concerned about keeping housing affordable in Ashland? Do you want to see a thriving Downtown? Is Education important to you? A Comprehensive/ Master Plan covers all these aspects of life in our community and so many more.
Over the next 2 years, we will be covering all the following topics and once completed will begin the implementation phase. We will be asking for your input in all the following areas:
When and How Do We Meet?
The Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee meets on the 3rd Thursday of every month. You can check for upcoming meetings on the Town of Ashland website calendar. These meeting are held in person with a virtual option.