Melrose has changed over the last thirteen years since the publication of the 2004 Master Plan, both as a result of actions that came out of the Master Plan and other planning processes, and because of trends affecting the City and the Boston region as a whole. For over a decade, the research, analysis, and recommendations that came out of the 2004 Master Plan have served as a guide for the City as it made decisions regarding development, zoning, updates to aging infrastructure, and more.The community’s priorities have also changed during this time, especially as residents grapple with the rising costs of living in the City.
The 2004 Master Plan provided the building blocks for Melrose Forward: A Community Vision and Master Plan, however this plan is not simply an update of the previous plan. The Melrose Forward planning process included new opportunities to engage the public in crafting a vision for the City and set Melrose on a thoughtful and proactive strategic path looking forward to the next decade. On June 26, 2017, the Melrose Planning Board adopted Melrose Forward: A Community Vision and Master Plan.