Get Involved

Public participation in the planning process is key to establishing a shared vision for Worcester’s future that encompasses many different perspectives.

The Now | Next process will include a series of virtual and in-person events in 2022 and early 2023 including: surveys, interactive mapping activities, focus group sessions, neighborhood meetings, public workshops, advisory committee meetings, and Planning Board meetings. Read on to learn how to get involved!


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Public Workshops

Community members can join the following public workshop to ask questions and provide input to City and project staff throughout the planning process. Prior to this workshop, community members are encouraged to review the Documents page for meeting slides and other information.

  • Public Draft Plan Workshop: January 2023


Listening Tours

The Listening Tours will enable community members to engage in the planning process in their neighborhoods and communities. Activities will include virtual meetings, focus groups, among other events tailored to specific neighborhood needs.

  • Listening Tour 1: Visioning  (June–August 2022)
  • Listening Tour 2: Actions and Recommendations (January–March 2023)


Spread the word!

We want to hear from everyone — and we need your help! The more people know about this plan, the better. As the beloved late planner and author Jane Jacobs said: “Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.”


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