Back in January The O’Zone addressed the vapid nonsense of the hyping of the most recently announced round of Master Planning for the town.
The article cited references to the last round of this exercise in mental masturbation financed by state grants (i.e. tax dollars) to justify the continued existence of the town’s Planning and Economic Development Department that has grown from one person 12 years ago to four now.
On Saturday Go Local Worcester ran an article titled “The Fastest Growing Communities in Central Mass”.
The article contained the following remarks:
Just as Worcester is doing a housing market analysis, other communities have had a chance to catch their breath and think of how they want to grow as housing development starts to pick up. In Southbridge, Economic Development and Planning Director Cassandra Acly said proper planning is essential.
“We’re doing our master plan this year,” Acly said. “We’ve put off making a lot of decisions regarding housing so we can include it in our master plan. You can’t just plan for housing. You have to plan everything.”
That, she said, might include looking at zoning regulations and saying, “Gee, during the last boom we realized we don’t have the right zoning here. Master planning is designed to just that.”
As anyone who has participated in a planning process yielding concrete results, as I have in the corporate environment, knows, it is a data driven exercise. One of the key elements of a community master plan has to do with housing construction and related matters. In this respect, it is interesting to note a collection of data on new housing presented in the above article from Go Local Worcester.
Why is all the data for the town of Southbridge (except for one year) not available? Is that any foundation for a meaningful planning process?