Status on the 2017 Community Development Strategy (CDS) Update Process

Work underway to update the Town of Athol's CDS
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The Planning Department continues work to update the 2017 Community Development Strategy.

Community Development Strategy (CDS) input sessions were held:

  • Tuesday, October 4, 2016 @10am at the Athol Senior Center
  • Wednesday, October 5, 2016 @7pm at Athol Town Hall, Room 21 (Board of Planning and Community Development Meeting)
  • Tuesday, October 18, 2016 @7pm at Athol Town Hall, Room 21 (Board of Selectmen meeting)

These meetings were held to solicit input from Athol residents, business owners, property owners, and other interested persons into the development of the Town’s Community Development Strategy (CDS). Participants were also asked to suggest which projects might be considered for the Town’s next application to Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG). The CDS is a report which is required as part of the Town’s application to the CDBG Program. It summarizes and prioritizes the Town’s goals, plans and projects. 

A summary of the input received will be presented at a 7:00 pm public hearing in the Selectmen’s Meeting on November 15, 2016.   The Draft updated 2017 CDS will be presented that evening.      

Input on potential community development projects in Athol is still welcome via a survey. If you are a Town of Athol resident, business owner and/or property owner please participant in the survey process.  The survey is available to complete online at:   Hard copies are available to complete at Athol Town Hall (Room 29), the Athol Public Library, Athol Senior Center, and the North Quabbin Community Coalition office.   The deadline to complete a survey has been extended until Thursday, November 3, 2016.

Need more info?

Call Eric R. Smith, AICP, Director of Planning and Community Development at 978-575-0301 x. 300.

Or via email at