Is the Urban Renewal Plan the same as a Master Plan?

No.  A Master Plan is a comprehensive plan for a city or town at large and is intended to guide the municipality’s actions over the next decades.  The recommendations in the Master Plan are broader than those of an urban renewal plan. An urban renewal plan is a physical plan for a specified area within the community.  The urban renewal plan is primarily for the Redevelopment Authority and guides actions with the goal of creating an attractive environment for private investment resulting in a more vibrant community, in which citizens can live, work, and visit.  Those actions include property acquisition, infrastructure and streetscape improvements and opportunities for partnerships with other entities engaging in actions that complement the plan.

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1. Why are we concentrating our redevelopment efforts in South Hadley Falls?
2. Do we have a vision and a strategy for redeveloping South Hadley Falls
3. Did you take public input into consideration when you chose the actions in the plan?
4. What part of South Hadley Falls is the main focus of the redevelopment effort?
5. What is a Redevelopment Authority?
6. What does an urban renewal plan look like?
7. What does South Hadley’s redevelopment plan do to improve the infrastructure in the target redevelopment area of South Hadley Falls?
8. How does this plan attempt to attract developers to South Hadley Falls?
9. Why would a parcel acquisition by the South Hadley Redevelopment Authority be necessary?
10. Can the plan be amended?
11. How come not all vacant or blighted buildings/lots are included in the plan?
12. How will the plan be funded?
13. If I have a property in the South Hadley Falls Plan area, will it restrict what I can do with it?
14. When will the actions in the plan take place?
15. How can I keep up with the implementation of the plan?
16. Is the Urban Renewal Plan the same as a Master Plan?
17. What will the plan do for me?
18. What won’t the plan do for me?
19. Is the South Hadley Redevelopment Authority acquiring my property as a part of this plan?