Arthur Sargent Answers Our City-Wide Master Plan Question
Is The Legacy Master Plan Still Relevant?
The City of Salem City Wide Master Plan was written in 1979 under Mayor Jean Levesque. It was last updated in 1996 under Mayor Neil Harrington. Does this Master Plan, as written and updated remain relevant to the needs of the city in the east 21st Century?
The current Master Plan has been in place since 1996. It needs updating but I believe that the principles that it was built on are still relevant and functional. It’s important for any City to have a plan that is available for all of its citizens to view. It allows them to see what type of development the City is trying to attract and what the residential areas of the City will look like moving forward.
Because it is there and available for anyone to see; It allows the people of Salem to read it, evaluate its success, and criticize it’s failure. It also allows the people of Salem to call for changes to the plan. The Master Plan has allowed us to plan and develop our waterfront, our economy, transportation systems, public safety, our schools, parks, and recreation facilities, our downtown and our neighborhoods. It’s guided us to a better quality of life in the past, and will continue to help us plan our future. That is why our Master Plan will continue to be relevant and functional.
Arthur C. Sargent III