Recent Planning Studies


2015 Open Space and Recreation Plan


Melrose updated its previous Open Space and Recreation Plan from 2007

in March 2015. The purpose of this plan is to provide guidance for the

preservation, enhancement, and expansion of open space and recreation

opportunities in the City. Key recommendations include locating new

recreational facilities in areas that evenly distribute services, improving

opportunities for trail use, acquiring unprotected parcels that are critical for

providing wildlife corridors, and developing a citizen participation process

that will include residents and community groups in the ongoing designing

and planning of park improvements.

2015 OS Plan

Commuter Rail Corridor Plan


The Commuter Rail Corridor Study was conducted by MAPC in October 2013

in order to investigate opportunities and impediments for growth and development

along the Tremont/Essex Street Corridor, an area adjacent to the Haverhill

Commuter Line with easy access to downtown, schools, and recreational

opportunities. Key recommendations from the study include creating a

transit-oriented overlay district for the Corridor, increasing allowable building

heights and floor area ratios, improving pedestrian crosswalks, providing more

streetscape treatments, and identifying opportunities for locating murals and public art.

2013 Rail Corr Study




Downtown Parking Study


Completed in March 2012 by Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates,

the Parking in Downtown Melrose report was created to provide a framework

for managing downtown parking to best ensure that the parking needs of

residents and visitors are being met. This study revealed that there is actually

an excess of parking spaces downtown during most times of day, and that

occasional pressure on spaces could be addressed with adjustments to the

parking management system.



2012 Parking Study

Main Street Corridor Study 


Melrose collaborated with the Towns of Reading and Wakefield and MAPC to

develop a coherent, forward-looking transportation plan. The Main Street Corridor

Study, released in January 2012, looks at ways to improve upon the existing

transportation network by reducing automobile traffic while promoting commuter

rail, walking, bicycling and bus transportation. The Main Street Corridor Study’s

goals and strategies will improve accessibility, coordinate transportation systems,

promote healthy life-style choices, as well as conserve natural resources benefitting

Reading, Wakefield and Melrose, and the region as a whole.

2012 Main St Corr Study