The new vision for the City of Cambridge can be described as a viable, walkable, human-scaled city that is easily identifiable as the heart of Dorchester County. Cambridge should continue to reflect the compact urban forms of traditional eastern shore towns—providing a vibrant quality of life for its residents and visitors, valuing the natural environment, and celebrating its historic maritime context while maintaining a framework for the everyday needs of future generations.
HCM was asked to develop a land use framework to promote a diverse economy—defining Cambridge as a tourism, government/civic, educational, medical services, industry, and retail center.
With infill development in mind, HCM developed policies and guidelines that promoted adaptive reuse, preserved and rejuvinated the existing neighborhood character, and encouraged new neighborhoods to be contextual and interconnected with the town.
An open space and recreational plan, encouraging multi-modal connectivity between destinations, proposes convenient access for everyone, locating open spaces and facilities as central points of the neighborhoods. Lastly, this comprehensive plan promotes a framework that unifies the city from its center to its edge, linking neighborhoods to civic amenities, such as the waterfront and downtown, through multiple forms of transportation.