Preservation & Development Toolkit

Rain garden at a MetroWest commuter rail station © Trisha Garrigan
Rain garden © Trisha Garrigan

This toolkit includes links to resources to help plan for, manage, and maintain sustainable growth and protect land in your community. It provides access to sources of funding and technical assistance, model zoning bylaws and other land use techniques, examples, and informative studies and data sources.

Toolkit Sections

Regional Planning

In the past 30 years, the 495/MetroWest region has seen tremendous economic development. To ensure that future development is sustainable and protects important land and water resources, Mass Audubon partnered with businesses, municipalities, and organizations in a regional planning project. As part of that project, we developed this toolkit.

While intended for use by municipal leaders, community planners, and citizens in the 37 communities that make up the 495/MetroWest region, the toolkit is equally relevant and useful to all areas of the state. The regional planning approach of identifying Priority Development Areas and Priority Protection Areas has also been applied in other regions, including the South Coast; central Massachusetts subregions of Blackstone Valley, Central 13, and Rural 11; and the Merrimack Valley.

495 MetroWest Development Compact

In 2011 and 2012, Mass Audubon was a part of the 495/MetroWest Development Compact — a partnership of regional and local participants that worked together to engage the region in the development of the 495/MetroWest Development Compact Plan, a comprehensive land use and development plan for the 495/MetroWest region of the Commonwealth. 

The Compact team was comprised of: The Patrick-Murray Administration through Executive Office of Housing & Economic Development, partnering with: the Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission, the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, the MetroWest Regional Collaborative, the 495/MetroWest Partnership, and Mass Audubon.

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