Master Plan

Westfield’s comprehensive master planning effort is getting underway and 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.

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; Art, Cultural & Historic Resources; Open Space & Recreation; Public Services & Facilities; and Circulation, Transportation & Mobility. The plan is anticipated for completion and adoption by June 2023. 

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  jay.ducharme@cityofwestfield.org 
  • 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

Public Participation



How do you envision Westfield’s best future? 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. Please make an effort to complete a survey, participate in a workshop or attend a committee meeting to express your concerns and vision. Check back here for more information on planned and upcoming opportunities to participate… 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.

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 March 30, 2022]