Master Plan

Take the Survey 

10 Questions ~ 10 Minutes. CLICK HERE to access our master plan survey. Alternatively, a paper version can be obtained at the Planning Office in City Hall. If you have additional input, questions, or barriers to participating, contact the Planning Office or Your opinion matters! 

Attend a Workshop

Our first public workshop will be held on Wednesday, November 2 from 6-8 PM at the Westfield Middle School Cafeteria (30 West Silver Street).  This will be a "visioning" session to solicit community ideas and establish the direction and focus which our master plan will take. How do YOU envision Westfield’s best future? A followup city-wide workshop is also planned for the spring.

A Little Background...

Development of a master plan is a charge of the Planning Board under MGL Chapter 41 § 81D, and it will cover a range of subject matters: Land Use and Zoning; Housing; Economic Development; Natural Resources; Water Supply; Art, Cultural & Historic Resources; Open Space & Recreation; Public Services & Facilities; Natural Hazards & Climate Adaptation; Agriculture; Energy; and Circulation, Transportation & Mobility. This effort is being championed by a Master Plan Committee and its consultant, Weston & Sampson (along with RKG Associates and the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission).  This is a generational opportunity for a community conversation that sets a course for the City’s future. Long overdue, this process was last undertaken back in 1962. The new plan is anticipated for completion and adoption by June 2023. 

A master planning effort is only successful if it represents the needs and vision of the whole community, so the Committee is striving to achieve robust public participation throughout the process. To raise awareness of this project and highlight the need for public input, we will have a presence at various events in the City- from the Farmers' Market to PumpkinFest. We have released a public survey (which will be available until November 30) and are planning public workshops. We also welcome public comment at each Master Plan Committee meeting, typically the 3rd Tuesday of the each month (meeting notices are posted in advance per Open Meeting Law). These efforts will rely on your participation, so check back here as the project progresses… and tell your friends! 

Send Us Your Westfield Pics!

The Committee is asking for everyone’s help in compiling a collection of contemporary photos (amateur or professional) that portray a range of local subjects. These will be used to supplement the master plan’s narrative, and photographers of selected images will be credited in the published document. More information about photo submissions can be found here.

Master Plan Committee

The Master Plan Committee, first organized in the Fall of 2021, is comprised of twelve citizens 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 their 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 are expected to inform the development of the master plan.

[This page was last updated on September 14, 2022]