Powder Mill Road Corridor Initiative

Powder Mill Road Corridor Initiative

Powder Mill Road Corridor Initiative

A Collaboration between the Towns of Acton and Maynard

About the Project
Connecting Maynard, Acton, and West Concord, the Powder Mill Road Corridor consists of approximately one mile in Maynard and a half mile in Acton. For the past two years, MAPC, the Town of Acton, and the Town of Maynard have worked together to create a long-term community-oriented strategy for the corridor to guide how future growth occurs. The strategy recommended that the Towns work together to create an overlay zoning district that supports walkable, mixed-use developments, advances complete streets transportation options, and expands access to the Assabet River. This zoning initiative, Phase II of the project, seeks to make Powder Mill Road a more welcoming place for people to live, visit, and spend time.

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MAPC Contact

Andrea Harris-Long, Senior Land Use Planner


Town Contacts

Kaila Sauer, Town of Acton
Bill Nemser, Town of Maynard


Fall/Winter 2022

  • Community Forums
  • Focus Groups
  • Preliminary Zoning Amendments

Winter/Spring 2023

  • Focus Groups
  • Complete Streets Policies
  • River Access Policies

Summer/Fall 2023

  • Finalize Draft Overlay Zoning District

Spring 2024

  • Town Meetings Consider Zoning Amendments

What’s Happening Now?

Attend a virtual community forum! Register here

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

The Towns and MAPC will review the redevelopment strategy recommendations and what could be built under existing zoning along the corridor today. Attendees will be asked to share what types of mixed-use developments they would like to see along the corridor, as well as where multimodal and river access infrastructure could be improved.

In October 2022, focus groups will be held with residents and business owners along the corridor and stakeholders from the developer community to help refine options for the overlay zoning district.

Frequently Asked Questions

Past Events

September 13, 2022
Joint Planning Board Meeting

Watch the Recording of the Meeting
View the Powerpoint Slides

The Acton and Maynard Planning Boards met jointly to kick off Phase II of the Powder Mill Road Corridor Initiative. MAPC recapped the Phase I redevelopment strategy recommendations and discussed what could be included in an overlay zoning district. Planning Board members shared their ideas and questions.

The Powder Mill Road Corridor

This project is being led by the Town of Acton Planning Board and Town of Maynard Planning Board. The project is made possible by technical assistance from the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs Planning Grants, and the Department of Housing and Community Development.