Pioneer Valley
Planning Commission

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Media Release

CONTACT: Danielle McKahn, PVPC Planner, (413) 781-6045

April 9, 2012

Open Space, Neighborhoods, and Walkability:
Tornado Recovery Planning Workshop #2 to Address Monson’s Future

Residents of Monson are invited to attend the second of a series of workshops for a tornado recovery plan on Wednesday, April 25 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Selectmen’s Meeting Room in the Hillside Building, 29 Thompson Street.

The will focus on open space, neighborhoods, and walkability, a measure of how friendly an area is to walking. PVPC will present information from a previous community survey, a zoning and walkability analysis, and an open space assessment, and will facilitate a community discussion to identify strategies to improve walkability in Monson.

This workshop is part of a series of public workshops to present data and gather feedback from the community about the impacted areas. The results from these workshops will be used to develop an updated Master Plan and Recreation Plan for the downtown residential neighborhoods and central business district, including recommendations for zoning amendments and right-of-way and other public improvements.

The first community workshop in this series focused on the downtown environment along Main Street in Monson Center. PVPC presented results from the community survey and a downtown zoning analysis, and residents discussed downtown zoning strategies, sidewalk widths, utilities, signs, parking and traffic flow, and housing in old mill buildings, among other topics. The presentation and notes from the first community workshop are available on the town website at

For more information about the planning workshops, please contact Danielle McKahn at the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission at (413) 781-6045.
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