Master Plan Steering Committee

Following three years of work by a group of dedicated volunteers, community members, elected officials, and municipal employees, the first draft of the Newburyport Master Plan is ready for your review. 

This Plan is a comprehensive document that:

  • Establishes long-term policy recommendations for the community’s physical development, and outlines implementation strategies that address land issues, transportation, community facilities and services, the local economy and the environment;
  • Includes assessments of existing resources and issues, projections of future conditions and needs, and consideration of community goals and desires;
  • Acts as a policy guide and provides direction and a framework for decision-making when projects are proposed and funding decisions need to be made; and
  • Explores a broad range of issues focused on managing redevelopment and guiding sustainable growth over the next decade.

Together, the City Council, the Planning Board, and the community-at-large, will review the draft document, offer comments and suggestions, make edits, and finalize a Master Plan that provides an articulated strategy for Newburyport’s future.

Public meeting dates to be determined.

Please send any comments to

Draft Master Plan
Draft Master Plan (full document - 4.5MB)


Chapters 1-3

Chapter 4 - Land Use

Chapter 5 - Economic Development

Chapter 6 - Housing

Chapter 7 - Transportation

Chapter 8 - Natural Resources, Open Space, and Recreation

Chapter 9 - Cultural, Historical, and Natural Heritage Resources

Chapter 10 - Municipal Facilities and Services

Chapter 11 - Energy and Sustainability

Chapter 12 - Community Engagement

Chapter 13 - Education

Chapter 14 - Implementation

Appendix - Work Plan



M.G.L. Plan Requirements

2001 Master Plan

2001 Existing Conditions Report



Cultural Resources, Transportation, and Public Facilities & Services Presentation (6/11/14)

Housing and Energy & Sustainability Presentation (5/28/14)

Land Use and Natural Resources Presentation (5/14/14)

Natural Resources, Open Space and Recreation Handout (5/14/14)

Our Common Themes (4/9/14)

Vision for Newburyport (3/12/14)

Project Kick-off Meeting (2/26/14)

Staff Contacts

Name Phone
Kate Newhall-Smith (978) 465-4400 ext. 3