Route 9 Corridor Study and Smart Growth Plan
Route 9 Corridor Study
MAPC responded to a community request for use of planning funds under the District Local Technical Assistance (DLTA) program, to study the potential for commercial, industrial and office growth along the Route 9 Corridor between Route 128 and I-495; the implications of that potential growth on mobility within the corridor; and alternatives for mitigation of the impacts of this potential growth.
In March, 2011, MAPC presented preliminary findings of the Route 9 Corridor study, which aimed to provide alternative development scenarios to prevent traffic congestion from worsening along Route 9. A summary report, the Route 9 Corridor Analysis, describing the potential for growth along the Route 9 Corridor was released by MAPC in June, 2010. The summary report concluded that if the region was to continue to be built to the maximum extent allowed by current zoning regulations, the resulting traffic could eventually exceed the remaining capacity on Route 9, leading to gridlock and adversely impacting businesses.
Route 9 Smart Growth Plan
In Fall 2011, the MetroWest Regional Collaborative (MWRC) received funds through the Sustainable Communities grant program to create a smart growth plan for future development along the Route 9 MetroWest corridor. The MWRC and MAPC are currently working with Framingham, Natick, Southborough and Wellesley on the Route 9 Smart Growth plan that will further develop the recommendations outlined in the Route 9 Corridor Analysis.
The Route 9 Smart Growth Plan will include alternative designs and land uses for several smart growth opportunity areas along with computer visualizations, traffic analysis, design guidelines and zoning recommendations. By advancing the recommendations of the Route 9 Corridor Analysis, the Route 9 Smart Growth Plan will focus on the potential for compact, mixed-use (housing, office, and commercial) developments that are pedestrian and bicycle friendly. The Route 9 Smart Growth Plan is expected to conclude in Fall 2012.
This project supports the MetroFuture goals for Transportation Choices in our region
The Final Public Meeting for the Route 9 Smart Growth Plan was held on Monday, May 20 from 7-9pm at the Morse Institute Library (13 East Central Street) in Natick.
The Future of Route 9: What Might Smart Growth Look Like?, was held on Tuesday, December 4 from 7-9pm at the Callahan Center in Framingham.
The Future of Route 9: Can We Achieve Growth Without Gridlock?, was held on Tuesday, May 22 from 7-9:30pm at Framingham State University.
In 2010, Route 9 turned 200 years old. For two centuries, this important east-west highway has brought development, transportation and people from Metro Boston through the western suburbs, to the Worcester foothills, and beyond. For more information about the history of Route 9, refer to the Route 9 timeline.