Over the course of 2019, the City of Revere partnered with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council to conduct a city visioning and master planning process called Next Stop Revere. The final draft Master Plan document is available to download and review. The public comment period closed on February 14, 2020.
The City of Revere partnered with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) to develop a comprehensive plan to guide Revere into the future. Through citywide visioning sessions, shared goal-setting, and data analysis, the Next Stop Revere planning process supports Revere’s efforts to translate the community’s values into strategic and specific actions.
With the support of MAPC, and through the sustained engagement of residents and community partners, Revere has developed a policy and planning blueprint to guide action and investment over the next 10-20 years. In January 2020, the final draft of the Next Stop Revere Master Plan was released for public comment; the comment period closed on February 14, 2020.
A Master Plan is a policy guide that provides a framework for the physical development of a municipality. It tells a community what it looks like today and in what direction it wants to go in the future. It includes assessments of existing resources and issues, projections of future conditions and needs, and consideration of collective goals and desires. While the emphasis is on buildings and infrastructure, it does not ignore the important social, natural resource and economic values of the community.
A Master Plan is not a zoning bylaw, a subdivision regulation, a budget, a capital improvement program, or other regulatory document. The Master Plan is a method of translating the community’s values into specific actions over a period of 10-20 years and is meant to provide the framework for the development of these plan implementation tools.
What topics are addressed in the Master Plan?
While the community process has generated many issues of interest to Revere residents and other stakeholders, the written document is structured along the following issue areas:
Historic and Cultural Resources
Transportation and Mobility
Open Space and Recreation
Energy and Climate
Public Facilities and Services
As a policy guide for Revere's physical development, each issue area is also considered in the context of land use and if applicable, zoning considerations. Learn more about each topic and about each aspect of Revere today in the Draft Plan page.
What is involved in producing a Master Plan?
Following MAPC's inventory and analysis of existing conditions across the city, Revere's comprehensive planning effort included an approximately eight-month-long community engagement process that informed the drafting of the Plan document. Residents and other community stakeholders had opportunities to participate through public forums, online surveys, focus groups, interviews, and outreach from Plan staff from both MAPC and the City of Revere. The final draft documented was made available for public review and comment; following the close of the public comment period on February 14, 2020, the document was finalized. The Plan remains subject to review and ratification by Revere's Planning Board, a process delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
When did Revere last complete a Master Plan?
The last time Revere completed a comprehensive planning process was in 1971, which resulted in a Master Plan document authored for the City of Revere by Nash-Vigier, Inc. Prior to 1971, Revere had last completed a Master Plan in 1958.
The City does routinely conduct more issue- or area-focused planning studies, some of which informed the development of Next Stop Revere. These include but are not limited to documents such as the City’s current Open Space and Recreation Plan, Capital Improvement Plan, and Federal Community Development Block Grant plans.
How can I provide feedback on the Draft Master Plan?
The draft master plan was released to the public on January 22, 2020, followed by a 23-day public comment period that closed on February 14, 2020. Submitted comments are now being reviewed by MAPC and the City and will be incorporated where applicable and summarized into the Plan's Appendix section.
At this time, official public comments on the final draft plan document are no longer being accepted for review by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council. However, this website will be updated on an ongoing basis with pertinent details on the submission of the Master Plan document to Revere's Planning Board.