May 17, 2017

State relaunches development website

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This six-megawatt solar array in Palmer is the largest in the state built on a redeveloped brownfield.

A planning group on Wednesday relaunched an interactive website that serves as a roadmap for past, present and planned developments in Massachusetts.

"MassBuilds lets users explore projects in full detail and search by geography, project status, development size, year of completion, and much more," the Metropolitan Area Planning Council summed up, describing the relaunch of its former Development Database. "You can't plan what you don't know. And until now, it's been very difficult to know what development projects are planned, permitted, or documented across jurisdictions – and sometimes even across the street."

The site enables users to roam a map of the state while accessing details on small and large commercial and residential development projects, an approach that the council says "gives you a basis for big picture thinking." Users can also download data from the site and search by project and community.

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