Master Plan (2020 update)

The Planning Board has a statutory responsibility (MGL  Chapter 41, Section 81D) to prepare and update a Town’s Master Plan. The existing master plan was adopted in 2004. The Planning Board is currently in the process of updating the existing master plan. The updated master plan will serve as the long-term guidance document and shared vision for responsible growth and preservation within the Town. The Master Plan update process will include approximately 4 community workshops and at least 2 addtional public meetings in order to gather public input on the plan.  Please see below for more information on the process and background on this planning initiative.

Master Plan Survey

If you are unable to attend any of the community meetings (please see below), please consider taking a brief, anonymous survey to share your thoughts on the future of Scituate.  To complete the survey, please click here.

Public Process

Community Workshop #1: this meeting was held on August 13, 2019 and served as a general kick-off meeting for the Master Plan update process.  The presentation materials from this meeting are available at the bottom of this webpage and at

Community Workshop #2: The second community workshop for the Master Plan update was held on Tuesday, October 22, 2019. At this public workshop, we discussed how future climate and demographic issues may impact the future resiliency of Scituate.

Community Workshop #3:  The third community workshop was held on Tuesday, December 10, 2019.  In the workshop on December 10, we discussed how Scituate has changed and may continue to change based on current trends in demographics, economy, and market. . Meeting participants identified and discussed challenges relating to local land use, infrastructure, housing and the economy.

Community Workshop #4:  The fourth community workshop will be in early 2020 (date to be determined). In this public workshop, attendees will discuss Managing Change. The dialogue will examine how to handle expected and unexpected future trends and the trade-offs to achieve a balanced sustainable future for Scituate.


Master Plans make recommendations within the scope of the 9 required plan elements including Infrastructure, Transportation, Historic & Cultural Resources, Open Space and Recreation, Land Use, Housing and Implementation. The master plan update process will help the Town understand and put into context a number of ideas and options by collecting data and gathering information through a rigorous public participation process including public listening sessions, workshops, and meetings. The master plan update will also build on a lot of the great work the Town has already done by incorporating the findings of existing plans (e.g., Housing Production plan, Open Space and Recreation plan, etc.) to shape our understanding for existing and future needs.

To help with the process, there is a volunteer Master Plan Advisory Committee with representation from elected boards/committees, town departments, members of the public, business owners and other representatives.

Project materials are available at the bottom of this page, on the Planning Board website (under Master Plan 2020 update) and at the project website at  

If you have any questions, please contact the Planning Board Office at 781-545-8730.