The 2018 Open Space and Recreation Plan draft is posted here for review and is also available in paper format at the City's Planning Department. As part of the approval process through the Massachusetts Division of Conservation Services, public comment letters are being requested from the Planning Board, Mayor and Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, and will be accepted from other interested parties until August 10, 2018.
Open space and recreation planning considers many aspects of land use throughout the City – public and private parks, farmland preservation, aquifer protection, scenic views and corridors, hiking and biking trails, wildlife habitat, river recreation and fishing access… among others. This planning effort helped identify which of these resources and values are important for Westfield, and how we might ensure they will be available for future generations. The Open Space & Recreation Plan will help guide local policy decisions and funding priorities over the next 7+ years. In addition, having a current plan meeting state requirements enables the City access to certain grant opportunities not otherwise available. The Planning Department, with a 2017 District Local Technical Assistance Grant from the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, has coordinated this plan update, which was guided by public visioning sessions, a survey and a plan development committee.
The City’s previous and expired 2010 plan can be viewed here.