Melrose Forward: A Community Vision and Master Plan Public Forum on March 30

The public is invited to participate in a Public Forum hosted by the Master Plan Advisory Committee to be held at 7:00PM on Thursday, March 30, 2017 in the GAR Room of Memorial Hall. The public forum is an opportunity for residents to review draft guidance for the City’s future on a range of topics including land use and zoning, housing, economic development, transportation, energy, open space and recreation, public facilities and services, and historic and cultural resources.

Melrose Forward: A Community Vision and Master Plan kicked off at the Victorian Fair in September 2015 and since that time the Master Plan Advisory Committee, the Office of Planning and Community Development and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council have worked with the community to identify needs and wishes for the coming decade. The culmination of this effort is a Master Plan for the City that will serve as a policy document guiding decisions on growth and preservation for the next ten years. The draft Master Plan will be released at the Public Forum and the Advisory Committee will be asking for feedback on the goals, strategies, and action items identified in the Plan.

“Over the next 10 years, it will be important to encourage both development and preservation that maintain ties to our historical roots while also serving the needs of a 21st century populace,” noted Mayor Robert J. Dolan. “To achieve this goal and others, the draft Master Plan identifies actions to address local and regional housing, economic development, facilities and infrastructure, and transportation needs.”

The Public Forum will be a combination of an open house and a facilitated conversation. Melrose residents are encouraged to provide feedback at the Forum or during the 21 day review period following the Forum. Public comments will be reviewed by the Advisory Committee and incorporated into the final document.

Memorial Hall is located at 590 Main Street. Parking is available in the municipal lot located behind Memorial Hall and on the street. For additional information, contact Erin Zwirko at 781-979-4193 or at


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