Last week, the very week we completed our work on the Concord Housing Production Plan, we began a new project for the Town of Stoughton. The Town has engaged JM Goldson community preservation + planning to work with the new Community Preservation Committee (CPC) to create the Town's first Community Preservation Plan. Stoughton voters adopted the Community Preservation Act in April 2008 and it has raised over $1.1M (FY2009-FY2010), with the local CPA surcharge of 1.5% and the State Community Preservation Trust Fund distribution.
Stoughton is a medium sized suburban town in southeastern Massachusetts with a population of approximately 27,000 (2000 census). The Town is located in Norfolk County near Canton, Brockton, Easton, and Sharon.
Our work begins with a study of existing planning documents including the Open Space and Recreation Plan, Housing Production Plan, and the Community Development Plan, from which we will create one-page resource profiles for each of the CPA spending categories (open space, recreation, community housing, and historic preservation).
Early in the new year we will begin planning for a community workshop where community members including members from various boards and commissions will participate in interactive exercises to identify community preservation goals and project possibilities. This feedback will help the CPC develop a draft plan for release in the spring.
We look forward to our work with the CPC on this project.