Ipswich Community Development Plan

2021-2035 Community Development Plan (CDP)

CDP 2021-2035 - Final Draft Plan
CDP 2021-2035 Executive Summary
CDP 2021-2035 Presentation Slides for Outreach

Background and Process:
In early 2019, a Community Development Plan (CDP) Steering Committee was appointed and convened to guide the process to update components of the Town's CDP and develop a new 2020-2035 Plan. 


CDP Steering Committee members
 include: Jacob Borgman, Andy Brengle, Carolyn Britt, Chris Doucette, Philippa Drew, Peter Elliot, David Feldman, Betsy Frost, Donald Greenough, Gordon Harris, Walt Hartford, Luke Hourican, Chris Morse, Carl Nylen, Ann Orcutt, William Paulitz, Ed Rauscher, Chris Sandulli, Kathleen Spinale, Jay Stanbury, Sheila Taylor, Helen Weatherall, Kevin Westerhoff, William Whitmore, Clark Ziegler, Ingrid Miles, and Kerrie Bates.

Committee Meeting Agendas and Minutes
Agendas are available prior to the meetings and posted on the Meetings Calendar page of the website. Minutes are available following approval.
View Most Recent Agendas and Minutes 

The Town hired 
JM Goldson, LLC consultants to guide Ipswich with the CDP Update Phase I Needs Assessment, as well as the Phase II goal setting, development of implementation strategies, and completion of a final 15-year Community Development Plan Update for the Town. 

Phase I of the CDP Update, completed in 2019 and early 2020, included development by the community of a Vision Statement and Needs Assessment. 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. 
Needs Assessment + Appendices (large file, make take a few moments to open)

Click here to review slides summarizing CDP work completed in Phase I during 2019. This presentation was given to the Ipswich Rotary in March, 2020.

Phase II: The Phase I Vision Statement and Needs Assessment, as well as components of the 2003 and 2008 CDP Updates, have been incorporated into the Phase II process, which was begun in February 2020 and proceeded through the year. Click here for the timeline for Phase II.

CDP Steering Committee zoom meeting video from July 14, 2020, is here. Draft strategies were completed in the summer of 2020: CDP Vision, Goals, and Strategies DRAFT 7-27-20

The Steering Committee spent the fall of 2020 discussing, reviewing, and revising the Draft CDP Plan. These revisions are below:
CDP Draft Plan - November 2020
CDP Draft Future Land Use Map


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. 


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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.