A public hearing on the town’s comprehensive update to its guiding document for development is anticipated Thursday.

WESTFIELD, NJ — Eleven years from now, planners anticipate there will be 37,360 people living here, marking an increase of nearly 20% from the town’s population recorded in the 2010 census.

“This forecast of an 18.9% increase in population from 2010 establishes the need for a range of development activities, including additional housing, infrastructure and transportation improvements in order to meet the needs of all current and future residents,” states a comprehensive update to the town’s guide for development, known as the master plan.

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The finding is one among many contained in an approximately $98,000 update to the town’s guide for development, which municipal officials along with H2M Architects + Engineers, have drafted for presentation to the public.

The 207-page draft report includes discussion of promoting traffic-calming measures, discouraging the demolition of older homes, offering opportunities for public art and open space and encouraging green infrastructure, among other measures.

Included in the plan is a recommendation the town remedy a deficiency of parking. It advises the town’s planners to “Develop a managerial plan to address parking deficiencies including consideration of tiered parking — for shoppers, offices, retailers and commuters.”

The report includes several pages of discussion on parking alone.

The Planning Board is anticipated to adopt the planning update Thursday, Dec. 19, at its meeting set to start at 7:30 p.m. at the Municipal Building, 425 East Broad St. The law requires a public hearing on the measure at which members of the public are invited to give input.

Read the draft of the master plan update herepdf.

Email Staff Writer Matt Kadosh at mkadosh@tapinto.net; Follow him on Twitter: @MattKadosh