Ipswich Community Development Plan

2020-2035 Community Development Plan (CDP)

Ipswich is underway with Phase II of its Community Development Update, but we need your help! Please take the following short survey to guide the prioritization of community development GOALS for the next 15 years. Where do we want to be as a community by 2035? What is most important to work on? The survey will be LIVE and available for public input through the end of May, 2020. Please let us know your thoughts!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/IpswichCDPGoals

In early 2019, a Community Development Plan (CDP) Steering Committee was appointed and convened to guide Phase I of the process to update components of the Town's CDP and develop a new 2020-2035 Plan. Phase I included development by the community of a Vision Statement and Needs Assessment, which were completed with guidance from planning consultant JM Goldson in December 2019.

Here are the Main Takeaways from the research and public engagement process conducted during Phase 1 in 2019. The complete Phase 1 Materials are below. (Please note that these materials are designed to be the foundation for Phase 2 of the CDP and therefore they are being considered a work in progress.)
Needs Assessment + Appendices (large file, make take a few moments to open)

Phase II: The Phase I 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 was begun in February 2020. The Town has hired JM Goldson, LLC consultants to guide the Town with CDP goal setting, development of implementation strategies, and completion of a final 2020-2035 Community Development Plan for the Town. 

All CDP Steering Committee meetings are open to the public and posted with the Town Clerk.

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

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.

Maps found in the 2003 Ipswich Community Development Plan are:
Fig 1-1 Land Suitability Map
Fig 1-2 Land Use Guide Plan
Fig 3-1 Housing Action Map
Fig 4-1 Economic Development Action Map
Fig 5-1 Transportation Action Map
Fig 6-4 Zoning Map
Fig 6-5 1999 Land Use Map
Fig 8-1 Transportation Inventory Map

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.