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TOWNSEND — The Townsend Master Plan Committee invites the community to participate in upcoming meetings to discuss the future of Townsend.

While communities are required under M.G.L. c. 41, §81D to have a Master Plan and to update it periodically, it just makes good sense to involve all members of our community in meetings that will help us all create a vision for our town. The last approved plan dates back to 2001 and this effort is underway to update the information and the vision.

There are two meetings, one on Wednesday, May 30, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the meeting rooms at the Townsend Senior Center and Library and one Saturday, June 2, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in Memorial Hall at Townsend Town Hall.

The goal of having two separate meetings is to help accommodate the busy schedules of our community members. The meetings will review identical questions, so you only need to attend one meeting.

These meetings will be facilitated by the Montachusett Regional Planning Commission and will discuss topics related to land use, economic development, natural and cultural resources, open space and recreation, services and facilities, circulation and transportation

The Master Plan Committee was appointed by the Planning Board and has met 11 times since January 2 and has completed lots of research — now the fun part starts with gathering input from the community!

Public involvement is a critical element to the community meetings and the eventual completion of the master plan. To encourage this, participants will be directly involved in activities to identify key issues for the Master Plan Committee to address in the Townsend Master Plan. Special meetings will also be held with the senior members of town, young adults from North Middlesex Regional High School, and with the business community.

For more information on this project and to express your opinions and views, attend one of the scheduled forums and be sure to visit the town website at townsend.ma.us on the Master Plan Committee page for more information.

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