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Second Summit

On November 17, 2013, the Town of Easton conducted its Second Summit in the development of the Town’s Master Plan.  Participants were asked to work their way to each Working Group station, hear from the Working Groups, Steering Committee members and Project Team about their process and preliminary Goals, Objectives and Actions that had been developed.  For each Working Group station, participants were then asked to determine which Goals, Objectives and Actions they liked, and those they disliked, by placing a sticker in the ‘Like’ or ‘Dislike’ area.  For those Goals, Objectives and Actions that were identified as ‘Dislike’, participants were asked to offer an alternative for consideration on Comment Cards provided.  Following the Second Summit, Feedback Loops were developed and posted on the project webpage for those unable to attend on November 17, 2013.  Click on each Working Group link below to access the findings from both exercises.

Arts, Culture and Education

Economic Development

Housing and Neighborhoods

Natural Resources and Recreation

Transportation, Access and Mobility


Working Groups

Public participation often involves key people, groups, and organizations who are tied closely to municipal and regional decisions through either their profession or area of expertise.  The Steering Committee has pursued the development of Working Groups for individual plan elements as well as a subcommittee to deal specifically with communications.

A commitment of three meetings was requested, to accomplish the following tasks:


Working Groups Membership List


Housing and Neighborhoods

Economic Development

Recreation and Natural Resources

Arts, Culture and Education

Transportation, Mobility and Access


Master Plan Examples

Included below are examples of different ways other New England communities have chosen to successfully brand their master plans.

Burlington, Vermont
Legacy Plan

Northampton, Massachusetts
Sustainable Northampton

Keene, New Hampshire
Comprehensive Master Plan

Land Use Policy Guidance Examples

Included below is an example of information on planning, zoning, subdivision, site design, and building construction techniques designed to increase understanding of smart growth energy tools and policies, as well as how to customize and apply the techniques to suit local circumstances. 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts - Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA)
Smart Growth/Smart Energy Toolkit