The Task Force will review updated information on demographic, housing, land use, economic and other trends to understand existing conditions. Coupled with this data analysis, input from the community through a community survey, a focus group and workshops will enable the Task Force to identify Chester’s strengths, weaknesses and opportunities in order to craft a vision for Chester’s next ten years.  Formulating objectives and strategies that advance that community vision will be done through a participatory and iterative process that includes ample opportunities for the public to weigh in through further workshops, surveys and planning exercises. The Task Force will oversee the development of the draft Plan of Conservation and Development, which will be forwarded to the Planning and Zoning Commission, and a Strategic Plan to guide the Board of Finance and Board of Selectmen.

The entire planning process is anticipated to last into the fall of 2018.

The Task Force and Planning Advisory Team want the community to get involved in the planning process in order to set a clear vision and supported objectives for both plans. Several opportunities for engagement will occur throughout the planning process, click here to find the latest schedule of meetings and events. If you want to provide input on a specific topic, but cannot attend a meeting or event, please e-mail your concerns to All e-mailed input will be delivered to Planning Task Force and Advisory Team members.