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This first phase of the plan for Rockport and its four (4) major harbor areas was developed to ensure growth, prosperity, and preservation of Rockport’s important resources through responsible and reasonable future use and management of the harbors and their shorelines.

The Plan has been prepared by the Town of Rockport to identify existing problems and to establish consensus about the character and quality of the harbors in the future. The Plan responds to a specific list of issues raised by the Harbor Planning Committee in a participatory planning process.

The Harbor Planning Committee is an ad hoc committee of the Town comprised of a diverse array of stakeholders. Each planning meeting was also posted and open to other interested residents of Rockport. The Urban Harbors Institute at the University of Massachusetts Boston provided professional consulting services for this phase of the plan.


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