How and where should the Princeton community grow? The municipality of Princeton is hosting an open house at the end of the month where residents can explore those questions, learn more about potential future land use and development, and share their own feedback. The event is part of town officials’ work to update the Princeton Master Plan.
The open house will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 30 in the community room at the Princeton Public Library, which is lovated at 65 Witherspoon Street. Members of the public will have an opportunity to listen to ideas, ask questions, and contribute during the three-hour open house.
“We invite all in the Princeton community to drop in, respond to some visual prompts, and share feedback and ideas about future land use, mobility, conservation, and economic vitality,” said Louise Wilson, chair of the Princeton Planning Board. Wilson is also a member of the 13-person Princeton Master Plan Steering Committee.
Attendees can stop by any time during the three hours to learn about the Master Plan process, existing conditions, and highlights from the most recent “community visioning” public survey. Princeton Planning Department staff members and members of the master plan steering committee will be on hand to answer questions. There will be translators for Spanish and Chinese speakers. Masks are optional at the in-person event.
The master plan is a document adopted by the planning board that sets forth the policies for land use as envisioned by tmunicipal officials. This includes the character and location of new development and redevelopment, as well as mobility hazard mitigation and climate adaptation, conservation, preservation, utilities, public facilities, and other elements of the built and natural environment. Through its various “elements,” the master plan articulates a vision for the community. All municipalities must adopt a municipal master plan.
Officials conducted two surveys of the general public in the summer and fall to inform their work. Nearly 5,000 responses were collected. The first “tell us what you want” consumer survey focused on economic development and consumer preferences. The second “community visioning survey” focused on housing, development, parks, transportation, sustainability, and other elements of the Princeton Master Plan.
More information about the elements of the Master Plan, meetings and events, and project team can be found on the master plan website.
Over the next seven to nine months, the master plan subcommittee will continue to develop recommendations for master plan updates to be presented to the full planning board. Archived Princeton master plans, including the1996 Princeton Master Plan and 2001, 2007, and 2017 reexaminations, can be viewed online.