North Reading Master Plan

North Reading Master Plan

North Reading Master Plan 2018-2028

About the Project

The Town of North Reading is creating a Master Plan for the next ten years in order to shape how certain parts of the Town will grow, be improved and/or preserved. As part of the master planning process, the Town and its consultant (MAPC) will be conducting public workshops in the fall.

Click here for a project timeline.

Why Master Plan?

√ IDENTIFY preservation, enhancement, and growth areas

  LEAVE A LEGACY for the next generation

√ INFORM DECISIONS on policies, by-laws, and zoning

√ PROVIDE mutual CERTAINTY for residents and businesses

√ PROVIDE CONTEXT for town decisions

Take the Online Survey

Please take a moment to provide us feedback through this online survey on how you would like to shape the Town of North Reading moving forward.

Feel free to share the online survey with your family, neighbors and friends.

Come to a Fall 2018 Public Workshop

Sign up here if you would like to receive an email notification when fall workshops are taking place.

Past public workshop presentations and visual materials are here.


Upcoming Meetings:

Second and Final Advisory Group Working Session
Thursday, Sept. 13 | 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

First Community Workshop/Forum
Wednesday, Sept. 26 | 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. | Flint Memorial Library - Activity Room | 147 Park Street (UPDATED VENUE)

Second and Final  Community Workshop/Forum
Tuesday, Oct. 30 | 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. | North Reading High School - Distance Learning Lab | 189 Park Street (UPDATED VENUE)


First Advisory Group working session


Online Community Survey


Second and Final Advisory Group Working session
Thursday, Sept. 13, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
First Public Workshop
Wednesday, Sept. 26, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Flint Memorial Library, 147 Park Street (UPDATED VENUE)


Second Public Workshop
Tuesday, Oct. 30, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Distance Learning Lab, North Reading High School, 189 Park Street, North Reading, MA


Drafting Master Plan document


Draft plan circulation - two-week comment period for Town Planner, Advisory Group, and Planning Board members before online posting for general public 3-4 week comment period


Public online comment period


Planning Board presentation


The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) is the regional planning agency for greater Boston and is committed to smart growth and equity for all. MAPC is assisting the Town of North Reading in creating a master plan to serve as its decision-making guide for land use, development, and preservation over the ten year period ending in 2028. The master plan will build upon nine pertinent, recently-completed planning studies in order to propose a multi-pronged short-term and mid-term strategy for the Town achieving its own community development goals. The master plan will recommend implementation actions to help the Town invest in and work toward its own goals to influence its own future.


Danielle McKnight, AICP
North Reading Town Planner/Community Planning Administrator

Carlos Javier Montañez
MAPC Senior Regional Planner

First Advisory Group Meeting

Draft Materials for First Public Workshop

September 2018

Other Materials