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  • Where are the 20-34 Year Old Residents?

    2 months ago
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    Between 2010 and 2017, the population of Essex County between the ages of 20-34 grew 15.5 percent (gaining roughly 20,000 residents in this age group) while Ipswich’s 20-34 population only grew 10 percent (gaining only 147 residents age 20-34). Municipalities with the greatest increase in this age group of young professionals were Lawrence, Peabody, Salem, Methuen, and Beverly. Of all communities within Essex County with growth in this age group, Ipswich had the smallest gains.


















    Over half of the housing stock in these five municipalities are apartments. Lawrence and Salem, the two towns...

    Between 2010 and 2017, the population of Essex County between the ages of 20-34 grew 15.5 percent (gaining roughly 20,000 residents in this age group) while Ipswich’s 20-34 population only grew 10 percent (gaining only 147 residents age 20-34). Municipalities with the greatest increase in this age group of young professionals were Lawrence, Peabody, Salem, Methuen, and Beverly. Of all communities within Essex County with growth in this age group, Ipswich had the smallest gains.


















    Over half of the housing stock in these five municipalities are apartments. Lawrence and Salem, the two towns where the 20-34 age group maintains the largest shares of the municipal populations, dedicate 73.4 and 64.6 percent of their housing stocks to apartments.

    This suggests that young professionals may be drawn to apartments. Apartments may be more affordable to young professionals who are less established in their careers and have lower incomes on average. Apartments may be a better fit for smaller households--as young professionals are tend to be single and without children. Young professionals may also be more transient, staying in cities for a few years at a time rather than putting down roots, so the rental option offered by apartments is appealing.


  • Meet Stephen Cary, our project summer intern!

    2 months ago
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    Stephen Cary is serving as a project intern for the Community Development Plan update with the Town of Ipswich Department of Planning and Development over the summer of 2019. He is working closely with project consultant, JM Goldson community preservation + planning, on updating the community profiles. Come meet him at our table at the Pop-Up Farmer's Market on Friday June 21st from 4-7PM!

    Steve is a current student in the graduate school at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, expecting to complete a Masters in Regional Planning (MRP) in the spring of 2020. His graduate research is focused on helping foster...

    Stephen Cary is serving as a project intern for the Community Development Plan update with the Town of Ipswich Department of Planning and Development over the summer of 2019. He is working closely with project consultant, JM Goldson community preservation + planning, on updating the community profiles. Come meet him at our table at the Pop-Up Farmer's Market on Friday June 21st from 4-7PM!

    Steve is a current student in the graduate school at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, expecting to complete a Masters in Regional Planning (MRP) in the spring of 2020. His graduate research is focused on helping foster sustainable growth in small-to-midsize cities through the promotion of alternative transportation and mitigating the fragmenting impacts of inner-city freeways. Steve grew up in central Massachusetts and earned a B.A. in Geography at Clark University in 2013, and his time as a GIS specialist, political activist, and landscaper during the intervening years nurtured his passion for community development and sustainability planning. He is excited to contribute to the Ipswich comprehensive plan process in its initial stages, and to get insight into the professional planning world from both municipal and private sector perspectives.

  • Thanks for joining us at the public forum! What's Next?

    3 months ago
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    Thank you to everyone who attended the community workshop on Tuesday May 7th 2019 about the Ipswich Community Development Plan. If you missed the event, don’t worry, you can still tell us your thoughts at bridgingipswich.com! You can also read a summary of the results from the public forum here. The meeting was also recorded here on ICAM.


    At last week's forum, community members heard about the overall process for the community development plan update from the project consultants, JM Goldson community preservation + planning.Throughout the presentation, participants were encourage to poll in and respond to...

    Thank you to everyone who attended the community workshop on Tuesday May 7th 2019 about the Ipswich Community Development Plan. If you missed the event, don’t worry, you can still tell us your thoughts at bridgingipswich.com! You can also read a summary of the results from the public forum here. The meeting was also recorded here on ICAM.


    At last week's forum, community members heard about the overall process for the community development plan update from the project consultants, JM Goldson community preservation + planning.Throughout the presentation, participants were encourage to poll in and respond to various questions, including Ipswich's community-defining characteristics and how Ipswich has changed over the last twenty years.

    After the presentation, participants broke into small groups to imagine Ipswich in 2030 and discuss their biggest concerns for the future of Ipswich at the personal, local, and regional levels. Some things we heard included concerns about:

    • Climate Change, specifically sea level rise and recent droughts
    • Water Shortages, Water Quality, and Water Supply
    • Taxes
    • Preserving the Town's rural and historic character amid recent development trends
    • Preserving the Town's open space
    • Maintaining Winchester's quality public schools and other town services
    • Traffic and improving regional transit access
    • Increasing economic diversity and protecting small/local businesses in the Town's vibrant downtown
    • Housing affordability, specifically increasing multigenerational housing options
    We also heard about a desire for more cultural diversity, increasing youth involvement, and increased transparency and unity around Town politics and community activities.

    Our consultant team will also be tabling at the Pop-Up Farmer's Market and Riverwalk Extension Celebration on Friday, June 21st from 4-7 PM. Come and say hello!


  • Save the Date for the Ipswich Community Development Plan's First Community-Wide Public Forum!

    4 months ago
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    The Ipswich Community Development Plan is looking for input from residents, businesses, and other community stakeholders in the development of a long-term community vision and goals.

    We have locked in a date and time for our first Community-Wide Public Forum, Tuesday May 7th from 7 to 9 pm. This May meeting will include a brief presentation from our master plan consultants, Jennifer Goldson and Anna Callahan of JM Goldson community preservation + planning on the overall process of the plan.

    Meeting Details:

    When:

    Tuesday May 7th from 7 to 9 PM

    The presentation will begin promptly at 7:20 PM but...

    The Ipswich Community Development Plan is looking for input from residents, businesses, and other community stakeholders in the development of a long-term community vision and goals.

    We have locked in a date and time for our first Community-Wide Public Forum, Tuesday May 7th from 7 to 9 pm. This May meeting will include a brief presentation from our master plan consultants, Jennifer Goldson and Anna Callahan of JM Goldson community preservation + planning on the overall process of the plan.

    Meeting Details:

    When:

    Tuesday May 7th from 7 to 9 PM

    The presentation will begin promptly at 7:20 PM but please arrive at 7 for an interactive exercise.

    Location: Town Hall's Resource Room

    (Basement of Town Hall, across from the Council on Aging Cafeteria)

    Directions: www.ipswichma.gov/515/Directions-Maps-Hours

    RSVP (encouraged but not required): tinyurl.com/bridgingipswichrsvp.

    Information on the May 7th meeting is below. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please do not hesitate to contact avery@jmgoldson.com. All are welcome to attend but if you plan to attend the public forum, we ask you to RSVP using this link: tinyurl.com/bridgingipswichrsvp.


  • Welcome to the Project Site for the Ipswich Community Development Plan (CDP)!

    5 months ago
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    Welcome to the project site for the Ipswich Community Development Plan!

    We'll be using this site over the next six months to help you follow and participate in the visioning process for the Town of Ipswich's Community Development Plan update. Click here to learn more.

    Register today to start sharing!

    Drop pins on the Map It! tab to to share ideas and feedback with us. Share an idea or support someone else's in the Share It! tab.



    Welcome to the project site for the Ipswich Community Development Plan!

    We'll be using this site over the next six months to help you follow and participate in the visioning process for the Town of Ipswich's Community Development Plan update. Click here to learn more.

    Register today to start sharing!

    Drop pins on the Map It! tab to to share ideas and feedback with us. Share an idea or support someone else's in the Share It! tab.