News & Updates
Draft Vision Feedback
More than 1,000 people took the Master Plan Vision survey—thank you! You can read a summary of and the full survey results here.
Based on the survey, the Town, Master Plan Steering Committee, and MAPC have drafted the following Vision for the future of Wrentham. The Vision will be used to guide the goals and strategies of the Master Plan, influencing the Town’s policy and investment decisions for years to come. Please send feedback on the draft Vision to Rachel Benson, Wrentham Director of Planning and Economic Development by Friday, October 16.
About the Project
Vision of Tomorrow: Wrentham Master Plan 2030 is a town-wide master planning process that will provide the basis for decision-making in Wrentham for the next 10 years. The Wrentham community will evaluate the town's strengths and challenges and envision the type of community Wrentham would like to be in the future.
This plan will be developed through a public process engaging the community’s residents, business owners, and leadership and will be built upon research, analysis, and community involvement.
We are currently in Phase 1 of the Master Plan, which includes developing a shared vision for the future of the Town, as well as strategies and actions for Housing and Economic Development. The graphic below illustrates the final outcome of the Master Plan process: we’ll develop a Vision Statement with aspirations for the future; we’ll identify the most pressing issues and opportunities for the community; and we’ll prepare define goals, strategies, and actions related to housing and economic development.
The project will include a robust community engagement process with many chances for Wrentham community members to get involved through public meetings and forums, online engagement, and more. A robust public process will ensure that the final plan reflects the needs of all residents. The project will include a robust community engagement process with many chances for Wrentham community members to get involved through public meetings and forums, online engagement, and more. A robust public process will ensure that the final plan reflects the needs of all residents. Town staff is guiding the planning process, with the help of a Steering Committee of local community members. In addition, the Town has hired the Metropolitan Area Planning Council to help with preparing the plan.
Ella Wise, Senior Regional Land Use Planner
Rachel Benson, Director of Planning and Economic Development
Louis Allevato, Resident at Large
Stephanie Duquette, Executive Assistant to Town Administrator/Resident
Diane Glass, Landscape Committee
George Labonte, Deputy Police Chief/Resident
Jerry McGovern, Select Board
Laurence McGovern, Open Space Committee
Jeffrey Plante, Resident at Large
Steve Schwarm, Planning Board
Alan Selling, Open Space Committee
Everett Skinner, Jr., Planning Board
Jeffrey Spratt, Economic Development Committee
Selena Zubrowski, Landscape Committee
What We've Done So Far
Committee Meeting #1 - June 4, 2020
- Committee Meeting #1 Presentation
- Committee Meeting #1 Video
Members of the Steering Committee met informally on June 4, 2020 to get to know each other and discuss initial demographic analysis of Wrentham. Not all members had been officially sworn in, so the gathering was not a noticed public meeting, and there were no deliberations or decisions made. Here is a video of the meeting to provide background on the Steering Committee members and the existing conditions analysis. The existing conditions analysis will be used as a foundation for the planning process, and will be presented when relevant as background for the surveys and public meetings.
Committee Meeting #3 - July 28, 2020
- Committee Meeting #3 Video
The Steering Committee met on July 28, 2020 for an Information Session led by Town Staff. The Information Session provided further background on the role of a master plan in Town governance and decision-making, as well as progress achieved and challenges that the Town has faced in terms of planning and development in recent years. In addition, MAPC staff led a discussion on the draft community-wide survey to be released in mid-August.
Committee Meeting #4 - September 14, 2020
- Committee Meeting #4 Video
The Steering Committee met on September 14 to review the initial survey results, review and revise the draft Vision Statement developed based on the survey results, and prepare for the Public Forum on September 28, 2020.
Virtual Public Forum #1 - September 28, 2020
- Public Forum #1 Meeting Video
On Monday, September 28, we discussed the purpose and timeline of the Master Plan process; the results of the survey; the draft Vision for the future for Wrentham; an analysis of current conditions including demographics, the economy, and housing; and key issues and opportunities that the Master Plan should address
- Chat Comments
- Summary of Survey Results
- Full Survey Results
- Draft Vision
- 2004 Master Plan
- 2009 Transportation Technical Analysis for Downtown
- 2012 Downtown Visioning Preliminary Recommendations
- 2012 Downtown Visioning Workshop Presentation
- 2015 Draft Design Guidelines
- 2018 Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Plan
- 2018 Hazard Mitigation Plan
- 2018 Wrentham Village Zoning Study
- 2018 Route 1 Corridor Study
- 2017 Route 1A Corridor Study
- 2015 Open Space and Recreation Plan
- 2005 Housing Production Plan