Guidebook to Involvement in Your Community
Shaping the Future of Your Community
A Citizen’s Guide to Involvement in Community Planning, Land Protection, and Project Review
This plain-language guide provides citizens with an understanding of how land-use decisions are made in Massachusetts, and how you can play a role in your own community's plans for land development and protection. Become an active advocate by learning how to take steps toward effective action!
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Tips on maximizing your impact, from brushing up on land-use laws to working with local boards and organizing with other concerned citizens.
A guide to the government groups involved in land-use planning.
Understanding how to successfully balance development with open space protection.
You get what you zone for: familiarize yourself with terminology and innovative land use tools.
A crash course in some of the most common techniques and funding sources for preserving natural spaces.
Before development can begin, a project must go through review and receive a permit. Find out what steps are involved and how you can participate to improve results.
A short summary of each law, its legal citation (number), who administers it, and what it pertains to.
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