Action Item 1.2.3.1: West Acton ‒ Plan some growth

Consider designating West Acton Village (WAV) as a “key center” to which some growth is guided. This action step is a planning process focused on WAV that should consider the planning context provided by the Key Centers Plan.1 Prepare a design study and development plan for the village to provide the basis for zoning changes and infrastructure investments.2
  • 1. Use this planning process to ensure we understand what makes West Acton currently a successful village so that efforts to enhance it don’t threaten what contributes to its village identity and livability.
  • 2. Based on this study:
    • Delineate any areas that should receive development, infill, and redevelopment.
    • Include water and air quality considerations when delineating areas to be redeveloped/subject to infill, and include low impact development and advanced stormwater management in design guidelines.
    • Prepare WAV-specific design guidelines.
    • Create a list of criteria to apply as incentives during special permit development review.
    • Make necessary zoning changes and infrastructure improvements.
Priority: 
2nd Highest
Timing: 
Medium-Term (complete by 2020)
Planning?: 
Yes
Primary Inventory Element: 
Land Use
Other Inventory Elements: 
Population and Housing
Economic Development
Natural Resources
Cultural Resources
Transportation
Facilities
Lead Owner: 
Planning Department<i> </i>
Other Owners: 
Acton Community Housing Corporation
Acton Housing Authority
Economic Development Committee
Economic Development Officer
Engineering Department
Health Department
Historic District Commission
Planning Board
Selectmen
Transportation Advisory Committee
See Also: 

Comments

FromACES: Include water and air quality considerations when delineating areas to be redeveloped/subject to infill, and include low impact development and advanced stormwater management in design guidelines.

Wouldn't we be doing this study after the all villages/center assessment study? In which case, certain questions should already be answered - in particular whether or not to guide growth growth to WAV and to some extent, where that growth can go (although I can imagine that this study would look at that in more depth). So I suggest eliminating that first line about what the study should include. But perhaps it should also be clearer how this study differs from the other recommended study.