The Public Forum that was originally scheduled for Saturday, May 21st, at Marlborough High School, has now been re-scheduled for 6:00 to 9:00 PM on Wednesday, June 8th at the Massachusetts International Academy, located at 280 Locke Drive, Marlborough. Everyone who lives, works, owns property or owns a business in Marlborough is invited to attend.
The doors will open at 5:30 PM for Registration and Refreshments and the evening’s program will begin at 6:00 PM in the School’s Auditorium with Introductions, Explanations and a brief Presentation. At 6:30 the assembled participants will form into breakout groups and be directed to adjacent classrooms for the next session, which will include a “Mapping Game” and the “Setting of Goals and Objectives”. Each group will be guided and assisted by members of the Consultant team that will be assigned to each group.
The Mapping Game will use a Map of the City as the game board with cards describing different types of land uses, developments, improvements, or changes that could occur within the community as the game pieces. The assignment for each breakout group will be to discuss and design their future vision of the City on the game board using the game pieces.
Summaries of each group’s results will be presented to all attendees at the final session of the evening. The breakout groups will also be asked to list the key goals and objectives that frame their development plan, the programs, and the actions that they believe are necessary to realize their future vision of the City. These goals, objectives, programs and actions will also be included in the summaries of each group’s results and presented at the final session.
At 8:30 PM all of the participants will reassemble in the Auditorium for the final session of the evening, where each breakout group’s results will be reported to all of the participants. The program should conclude by about 9:00PM.
This kind of planning exercise will provide the participants with an opportunity to contribute their ideas about the economic development future of the City and provide the Consultants with an insight into the community’s view of the future development of Marlborough that will be incorporated into the final Master Plan documents.
George A. Ciccone