Purpose and Nature
of a Master Plan
decision-making, the master plan serves as a tool for
the town planning board to help guide growth and
development within the town. It serves as the foundation
for good land use planning and land use regulations to
achieve this end. To best serve as a planning guide, the
plan should contain sufficient detail as to substantiate
the various recommendations.
Although not mandated, a
master plan does reflect the wishes of the community,
and as such, should be implemented. Indeed, without
implementation, the plan has no value.
A master plan is not an
inflexible blueprint, or a static document, but rather
should be modified where and when necessary to reflect
changing attitudes and circumstances in the community.
It is the policy of Pittsfield's Planning Board to
maintain an on-going planning process so that this
Master Plan may be of continuing value in guiding
community growth and development.
An Overview of the
Master Plan Process
The preparation of a
master plan is the major responsibility of the planning
board in the performance of it's duties (RSA 674:1).
The Planning Board
generally solicits the input and involvement of citizens
in the planning process, including obtaining and
analyzing data and writing goals, objectives, and
recommendations for each of the chapters in the plan.
Various experts are consulted as the need arises, such
as members of the Central NH Regional Planning
Commission, appropriate state departments and local
After appropriate public
hearings, the master plan is adopted by a majority vote
of the Planning Board (RSA 674:4). Copies of the adopted
master plan are then filed with the Town Clerk.
to maximize it's
usefulness, it is recommended that this master plan be
revisited and revised as necessary every five years.
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