Pioneer Valley
Planning Commission

Eric Carle Museum, Amherst, MA
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Media Release

CONTACT: Henry A. Barton, Southampton Master Plan Committee Chair, (413) 527-4568
Jessica Allan, PVPC Senior Planner (413) 781-6045
Danielle Kahn, PVPC Planner, (413) 781-6045

April 5, 2010

Visioning Workshops Will Address Southampton's Future

Citizens of Southampton are invited to attend visioning workshops for the community’s Master Plan on Thursday, April 8, Saturday, April 10, and Wednesday, April 14 at William E. Norris Elementary School, 34 Pomeroy Meadow Road, Southampton.

Events begin Thursday, April 8, at 6:00 p.m., with a presentation on master plans, visioning, and sustainability from keynote speaker PVPC Principal Planner Catherine Ratté. Residents will also have the chance to participate in small group discussions and craft a town vision statement to address how the community should grow over the next 20 years.

On Saturday, April 10 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., participants will have the opportunity to work with the planning consultant team and the Master Plan Committee to discuss the opportunities and challenges of future land use, housing, open space, transportation, and other key topic areas for the community.

The final workshop on Wednesday, April 14 will explore future growth scenarios for the community, based on participant feedback and comments.

The visioning workshops will complete the first phase of the master planning process for the community. Information gathered during the visioning workshops, through a recent community survey, and via stakeholder interviews, will be used in developing the master plan. More information about the plan, as well as the results of the community survey and stakeholder interviews, is available at the Southampton Master Plan website at

For more information about the visioning workshops, please contact Danielle Kahn or Jessica Allan at the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission at (413) 781-6045.
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