Help Guide Investment in the Future of Downtown Ashland

For immediate release: Thursday, June 4, 2020          

Help Guide Investment in the Future of Downtown Ashland 

Resident survey now live;  Results will help shape zoning & development decisions for long-term neighborhood success 

ASHLAND – The Town of Ashland is looking for resident input into the future of downtown, and a resident survey is now live online and seeking participants.

The Town of Ashland is conducting a study of its Downtown Zoning District, which has been in existence for five years. Community leaders are now seeking to study and understand what the community likes about the downtown, and what could be done to help ensure that future development contributes to the neighborhood’s success. Feedback from a new online survey will inform the process, and help the town modify downtown zoning guidelines to reflect community goals for the area.

The survey is available at

Zoning helps to shape neighborhoods and communities, controlling everything from what type of business and homes are allowed, to the height of buildings, open space preservation, parking requirements, and more. Zoning can also influence the actual design and appearance of buildings, making it a critical tool in creating a sense of community and livability.

Work on this project is funded in part by a planning grant from EEA, the state’s Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, and is being done in partnership with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), the regional planning agency serving all of Greater Boston.

For questions about the project, or for more information and to get involved, contact Peter Matchak at and Chris Kuschel at

The survey will be live online until June 24, 2020.


Amanda Linehan
Communications Director
Metropolitan Area Planning Council
617-388-1556 (cell phone)