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 additional 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.

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 is scheduled for Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at the Gates Middle School (in the Dining Commons) at 6:30pm. At this second public workshop, we will be discussing what resiliency means for Scituate and how the impacts of climate change, measures of economic and community health, and availability of municipal resources will affect community decisions about priorities for the future.

Community Workshop #3:  The third community workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, November 12, 2019.  In the workshop on November 12, the topic will be Changing Community. The discussion will concentrate on how Scituate has changed and may continue to change based on current trends in demographics, economy, and market.  Adapting to the challenges of change is critical to the future success of the Town of Scituate. Participants will identify challenges related to change and critical measures for adaptation, mitigation, and control.

Community Workshop #4:  The fourth community workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, December 10, 2019. In the public workshop on December 10, 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 growth. How do we achieve our goals? What are the roles the community, the public and private sector, and current and future generations? Attendees will develop a preferred scenario based on the previous workshop.


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 and Development Department website (under Master Plan 2020 update) and at the project website at  

If you have any questions, please contact Brad Washburn at 781-545-8868 or