Ipswich Community Development Plan: Prioritizing Goals
Since Ipswich's Community Development Plan project began last spring, we have heard from residents on the community’s key assets, concerns, and challenges—and how they envision the future of Ipswich over the next fifteen years. In the first phase's existing conditions analysis, we learned about the trends, challenges, and opportunities facing Ipswich today. Then, through a robust engagement and visioning process, including a community-wide survey and two community forums, the project team developed a draft vision statement for Ipswich tomorrow. This set of draft goals listed below draws from this engagement process and used the 2003 Community Development Plan as a foundation.
A Community Development Plan is a long-range plan that will guide Ipswich's physical evolution over the next 15 years as it relates to these four elements: (1) Housing (2) Economic Development (3) Transportation and (4) Public Infrastructure/Climate Resiliency. Certain planning issues, such as open space, schools, and social and cultural services, are addressed as they relate to these four areas, but not in an in-depth manner.
We've heard from residents about what they want Ipswich to be like in 2035. Now, we need your help to rank these 17 goals to determine which of these should be prioritized over the next 15 years.
If you haven't already, you can view the Phase I deliverables including the draft needs assessment and vision statement here.