The City of Watertown released the draft Comprehensive Plan update in late February and held an open house on March 9. Those who did not have a chance to comment on the plan then can still do so by filling out an online survey.
The deadline to fill out the survey is Friday, March, 24. The survey also covers the draft Open Space and Recreation Plan.
“Your participation will help the City better understand your interests and incorporate your ideas in the plans and their implementation,” the City’s announcement said.
The original Comprehensive Plan, adopted in 2015, led to the redevelopment of properties along Arsenal and Pleasant streets. The update shifts the focus of development to strengthening the local business districts, including Watertown and Coolidge squares, and to overhaul the downtown area around Watertown Square.
The plan has several action items and the plan includes recommended steps to achieve the goals:
Comprehensive Plan Action Items
1. Be a leader on municipal sustainability and managing climate change impacts.
2. Enhance the character and quality of life in Watertown’s neighborhoods, squares, and along the corridors that connect them to help build community.
3. Cultivate a mix of diverse businesses that strengthens our community by providing jobs, services, and support for city infrastructure.
4. Promote safe, efficient multimodal transportation options that provide access to homes, jobs, amenities, and services.
5. Facilitate a range of housing types and affordability.
6. Ensure high-quality parks, recreation, and open spaces that meet the needs of residents and the environment, and encourage active and passive use.
7. Support community wellness through inclusive programs and events, diverse arts and culture, enhanced natural and historic resources, and livelier public and private spaces.
8. Proactively maintain and improve infrastructure and services.
Open Space & Recreation
The draft Open Space & Recreation plan includes a list of goals and objectives to accomplish in order to meet the goals, as well as a seven year action
Goal 1. Create a network of high-quality parks, recreation, and open spaces that is accessible to all Watertown residents. plan.
Goal 2. Maintain and enhance existing recreation facilities and programs and create new opportunities to meet evolving community interests and needs.
Goal 3. Protect and enhance natural resources to retain their important functions and values and help Watertown adapt to the impacts of natural hazards and climate change.
Goal 4. Maintain partnerships and public awareness in support Watertown’s open space and recreational resources.