Master Plan

Development of a master plan is a charge of the Planning Board (under MGL Chapter 41 § 81D) to establish the City's goals, policies and actions on a wide range of subjects. This effort has been championed by a Master Plan Committee and its consultant, Weston & Sampson (along with RKG Associates and the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission).  Long overdue, this process was last undertaken back in 1962. As our new plan nears completion, we'd like to thank all who participated in the process, including the hundreds who took our survey (view results), submitted comments or attended a master plan workshop. 

View the Draft Plan

The rollout of the below draft coincided with a May 11 Public Presentation and a solicitation for comments from the community. This draft is currently being finalized and reviewed by the Planning Board before their formal vote for its adoption.

Master Plan Committee

The Master Plan Committee, first organized in the Fall of 2021, is comprised of twelve citizen volunteers appointed by the Mayor, two Planning Board members, a City Councilor and a Westfield State University representative. The Planning Department provides staff support and accepts correspondence for the Committee. View meeting agendas and minutes

  • Jay Ducharme, Chair  
  • Rick Barry  
  • Jennifer Battles
  • Jillian Battles 
  • Brent Bean II (City Council)   
  • Sharon Greany           
  • Rania Kfuri                  
  • Les Pooler                  
  • Bernie Puza (Planning Board)
  • Richard Salois (Planning Board)                     
  • Bill Schneeloch           
  • Alexandra Smialek     
  • Maureen Socha (WSU)
  • Harrison Stefano        
  • Agma Sweeney           
  • Melissa Trzasko

Other Plans

While the following recent Planning Department initiatives are not as comprehensive in scope, they guide other policy decisions and informed the development of the master plan.

[This page was last updated on June 1, 2023]