This is an archive of the work overseen by the York Village Study Committee leading up to the project's master plan and acceptance by voters. Period covered is 2011-2016. It is no longer being updated.

The 2, 5, and 10 Minute Village Concept

2,5, and 10 Minute VillagesTo define the study area, the VSC created three geographic concepts of York Village. Using the Civil War monument as a central point of reference, we defined three villages in terms of how long it might take a pedestrian to walk from the center to the periphery of each zone: the 2-minute village -- extending roughly 1/8 mile from the monument, and a 5 and 10 minute village.

Note the drawings shown here are all focused on the 2-minute village but do not show the full extent of the geographic area.

Developing a Vision for the York Village of Tomorrow


The scenarios below are the results of the original work of the Committee (2011-2013) in order to have a visual means to present potential concepts to the wider community for discussion in the early development of this project. With the hiring of a team of consultants in 2014 to develop a formal master plan for the Village, new design concepts are currently under development which incorporate some of the features shown here with ideas developed from ongoing integration of community inputs and engineering and technical reviews. If you would like to contribute to the development of the master plan, please attend one or more of our community events.


The Village Study Committee gathered data and input from residents, business owners, and public safety and infrastructure agencies to help formulate a list of objectives, and a series of visual scenarios (see box at right) to help develop our ideas. There has been broad agreement that the following objectives should be included in any final choice of action:

Traffic in the area around the Civil War monument is viewed by the VSC as critical for the future of the Village. Whatever is done must preserve the historic character of the monument area while at the same time calming traffic through the Village, realigning the flow of traffic and reforming the pattern of on-site parking. The Committee came up with a variety of ways in which this can be accomplished.


Our work to date has resulted in a decision to proceed with three options (discussed below) to be developed further by the committee and presented to the public for consideration. The VSC also considered additional options but rejected them: one involved a roundabout encircling the monument; two others were based on a series of one-way streets. These ideas were dropped because the VSC believed that they were either not consistent with the historic character of the Village, too expensive to implement, or too disruptive of the economic activities of the Village.

The committee’s three options for further consideration by the town are explained below. Ultimately, it will be up to the Board of Selectmen and the voters to decide on the best choice. Each option contains the same main elements which we believe will make York Village a livelier, safer and more economically sustainable place while retaining its historic character:

The three options below build upon each other in both size of green space and features added. The current amount of green space in the area under study in these options is approximately 1,500 sq ft. In the Monument Garden option, green space increases to about 3,500 sq ft. The amount of green space grows to approximately 4,500 and 9,000 sq ft in the Village Park and Town Common options, respectively.

Options Under Consideration

Option 1 - Monument Garden Option

1. Monument Garden

Option 2 - Village Park Option

2. Village Park

Option 1 - Monument Garden Option

3. Town Common

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