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Holyoke to update comprehensive plan after 25 years

Holyoke to update comprehensive plan after 25 years

Holyoke to update comprehensive plan after 25 years

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – The City of Holyoke plans to update its decades-old comprehensive plan.

Mayor Garcia told 22News that Holyoke is about to celebrate its 150th anniversary and why it is valuable for the city to come together to map out its future plans for the first time since 1999.


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires cities and towns to maintain a Comprehensive Plan for their long-term physical development, and Holyoke has not updated its own in 25 years.

Mayor Garcia told 22News how excited he is now as the birthplace of volleyball envisions aspirational futures for itself and identifies implementation pathways to achieve them: “We’re looking forward to the process, more than the outcome, because connecting with people and validating their thoughts about the city gives us reassurance that we’re headed in the right direction, and if not, that we’re changing and keeping up with what’s important to this community.”

The updated plan will include a comprehensive assessment of Holyoke today, an in-depth analysis of current zoning, and strategies for issues such as industrial development, the housing crisis, and environmental sustainability.

The city aims to complete the project by summer 2025.

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Heath Kalb is a reporter who has been part of the 22News team since 2022. Follow Heath on X @HeathKalb and check out her bio for more of her work.