Stow Acres Planning Process

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>>May 12, 2021 Public Forum Presentation Slides<<

Over the last several months, a five-member planning team, led by the well-respected landscape architecture firm Dodson and Flinker, Inc., has  embarked on an intensive, multi-disciplinary effort to create a shared vision for the future of the North and South courses of Stow Acres. The planning effort is a unique public-private partnership, including Stow Conservation Trust, the Stow Planning and Conservation departments, local development firm MCO & Associates, and Stow Acres Country Club. This unified approach seeks to advance the interest of all parties.

To date the panel has identified the property's environmental, recreational, and cultural resources. Three opportunities have emerged:

  • Large-scale conservation and ecological restoration of the most-sensitive areas,including protection of the Assabet River and Elizabeth Brook corridors.
  • Maintaining and creating recreation opportunities, including continued golf, municipal playing fields, and a publicly accessible multi-use trail network.
  • Diversified housing with a traditional New England architecture, which can help the town meet its affordable housing goals.

The panel next will reach out to key stakeholder groups: Town boards and committees, neighborhood groups and other community members. These groups will be asked to share comments and concerns that will help shape the approach and implementation of a comprehensive Stow Acres plan.  


Stow Acres Planning Information

This page contains all available information related to the Stow Acres Planning Process.  Relevant planning updates, identified by a RED header, will be added periodically below the list of information links. If you have comments or questions regarding the process or any of the information on this page, please send email the Project Team at

Aerial Photograph of Stow Acres with Frequently Asked Questions written over the image


July 2019 - Stow Acres Planning Forum

On July 15, 2019, the Planning and Conservation Departments led a public forum around future land uses at Stow's residentially- zoned golf courses, Stow Acres and Butternut Farm.  


The presentation, filmed by StowTV, may be found here.

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