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Sudbury Master Plan Update



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June 29, 2021: The Sudbury Master Plan was adopted by the Planning Board on April 28, 2021. Click here to read the Master Plan and Baseline Report.

April 23, 2021: The Sudbury Master Plan has been updated based on feedback from the public and discussions at recent Planning Board meetings. Click here to view the latest documents. The Planning Board will be reviewing the Master Plan at its next meeting on April 28, 2021.

February 19, 2021: Final Sudbury Master Plan available! Click here to view the three volumes. The Planning Board will be discussing the final Master Plan at its next meeting on March 10, 2021. The Planning Board will be accepting written comments on these documents until March 8, 2021.

November 10, 2020: We are looking for your feedback on the Draft Sudbury Master Plan. Please click here to learn about the Virtual Open House, available through December 2, 2020.

May 22, 2020: The Baseline Report Draft is ready for review. Click here to access the report. 

November 6, 2019: If you missed the last two community conversations, Please click here to give your input

November 4, 2019: If you missed the Public Health, Housing, and Equity conversation, you can still give your input here. 

October 31, 2019: If you missed the Economic Resilience, Town Services, and Infrastructure conversation, you can still give your input here.

Missed the community conversations? Click here for more.

Master Plan Open House. Monday, November 4, 2019, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM.







October 23, 2019: If you missed the Transportation, Mobility, and Connectivity conversation, you can still give your input here.

October 22, 2019: Check out the Community Conversation tab for materials and updates.

October 21, 2019: New Op-Ed by Master Plan Steering Committee Member Jan Hardenbergh. Click here for more. 

October 9, 2019: Please click here to find materials for the October 10th meeting.

October 8, 2019: Check out the Wicked Local article on the Community Conversations. 

September 26, 2019: Community Conversations Press Release.

September 16, 2019: Community Conversations information updated.

August 16, 2019: New Op-Ed by Master Plan Steering Committee Member Daniel E. Carty. Click here for more. 

July 15, 2019: New Op-Ed by Master Plan Steering Committee Member, Robert May. Click here for more information.

July 10, 2019: Master Plan Steering Committee members at the Truck Day event at Goodnow Library. Click here for more!

June 24, 2019: The Survey has ended. Please stay tuned for the summary.

June 3, 2019: Share your perspective!  Take our survey!


Project Overview

The Town of Sudbury is pleased to announce it has kicked off the update process for its Master Plan! Our current plan was adopted in 2001. Since then, we have been successfully implementing many of its recommendations, however, baseline data within the plan needs to be updated to reflect current conditions and circumstances in and around Sudbury. New development and initiatives need to be part of the Master Plan as well as factored into Sudbury’s future.


The Master Plan is a Blueprint to Achieve Our Vision for Sudbury

As the Town approaches its 400th year in 2039, the outer edge of this Master Plan timeline, this is an opportunity to reflect on where we’ve been, where we are, where we want to be in the future, and how we get there.


This is Your Chance

The Master Plan is a document written by the community and expresses what makes Sudbury a unique and special place to live and work. Every voice needs to be heard to understand what the community values.


The Master Plan Is Not Just a Plan; It is an Important Tool Based on Community Values

Local decision makers use it to guide public and private investments that can impact development and redevelopment initiatives. It is used to protect important historical and natural resources, and foster economic prosperity based on sustainability principles.


Timeline and Update Process

Because of unexpected delays brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, the update process is expected to continue through the winter of 2020.


Project Timeline, Sudbury, 2019 to 2020. Winter 2019: Data collection and meeting with stakeholders. Spring 2019: Public Meeting #1: Listening session... What are our assets? What are our future challenges? Summer 2019: Continued data collection and outreach to the community. Fall 2019: Public Meeting #2: Formative issues and priorities. Summer to Fall 2020: Drafting policies and actions... Checking in with the community... are we getting it right? Winter 2020: Master Plan adoption.


Public Engagements

Community Conversations- Click here to join the conversation.

Senior Center Group Discussion Summary

Truck Day Summary 

First Public Forum (May 22, 2019.) Check out the Sudbury TV Video of the forum here!

First Public Forum Summary and Follow Up Survey Summary


Steering Committee Op-Eds in Town Crier

To view all of the Op-Eds, please click here

August 16, 2019- Bridging our History to our Future by Daniel E. Carty

July 12, 2019- Getting Where You Want To Be Is Not Easy In Sudbury by Robert May

June 13, 2019- Keeping Our Rural Character by Jan Hardenbergh

May 2, 2019 – Master Plan Update Introduction by Stephen Garvin



Please click here for more information, and a list of reports and studies informing the Master Plan update. Please note, the file is a working document. It will be updated as new studies and report surface. 

To view Town maps, please click here.


How to Get Involved

The Town and the Master Plan Steering Committee will provide ample opportunities for community input. Public events will be held throughout the update process, but there will also be smaller meetings with local stakeholders and community groups. All forms of outreach will be used, including online tools such as surveys and participation in local events. Click the link below to sign up for Sudbury Master Plan E-News to receive project updates and announcements of upcoming events.

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