Ipswich Community Development Plan

Overview

The 2003 Ipswich Community Development Plan was developed under the guidance of the Town’s Growth Management Steering Committee and the Department of Planning & Development. The Plan was adopted by the Planning Board on July 24, 2003, and accepted by the Board of Selectmen on September 15, 2003. On October 20, 2003 the Ipswich Special Town Meeting accepted both the Plan and a process for its implementation, including:
  • A general bylaw requiring town boards and commissions to consider the Community Development Plan when making decisions relative to the Plan.
  • The establishment of the Community Development Plan Task Force to oversee the implementation of the Plan.
The focus of the Community Development Plan is primarily on three topics: Housing, Economic Development, and Transportation. A fourth important topic, open space, was addressed in detail in the Town’s 2000 Green Ring Plan and in the Town's Open Space and Recreation Plan (under revision in 2019). Also integrated into the Plan is the Ipswich Town Character Statement, which was adopted by the Planning Board on September 2, 2004.

In the summer of 2007, recognizing the need to incorporate a more specific focus on resource efficiency and sustainability issues, the CDP Implementation Task Force reconvened to propose additions to the goals, policies and action steps included in this Plan. 
The 2008 CDP Amendments were adopted by the Planning Board on March 27, 2008. 

2020-2035 Community Development Plan
In 2019, a new CDP Steering Committee was appointed and convened to guide Phase 1 of the process to update components of the Plan and develop a new 2020-2035 Plan. Phase 1 deliverables, including the Vision Statement and Needs Assessment, were completed by the Town’s consultant JM Goldson in December 2019.

Phase 1's Vision Statement and Needs Assessment, as well as components of the 2003 and 2008 CDP updates, will be incorporated into the Phase II process, which will begin in January 2020 when the Town hires a consultant. Phase II will include goal setting, development of implementation strategies, and completion of a final 2020-2035 Community Development Plan for the Town.

For more information, contact Kristen Grubbs in the Planning Office at kgrubbs@ipswichma.gov or 978-356-6607 x2.