Roles & Responsibilities

Subdivision of Land

One of the more significant functions of this board is reviewing and approving the subdivision of land. We spend most of our time dealing with subdivisions, either their planning, construction, or completion. Our goal is to make sure that the subdivisions built in our town meet the standards set forth in our regulations so that the new roads are safe and attractive for our citizens.

"Subdivisions" occur in many ways from "ANR" lots to Definitive Subdivisions. They are permitted under Subdivision Control Law (Massachusetts General Law (MGL) Chapter 41 Section 81K - 81GG) and are further regulated by our local zoning bylaws and our Subdivision Rules and Regulations.

Zoning Changes

We are also involved in zoning changes in the town, holding the public hearings that are necessary before a zoning change can appear on the floor of the town meeting. Our goal is to give citizens plenty of opportunity to give their opinion and observations on how the proposed bylaws may affect the way they can use their own property.

Special Permits

We are also a special permit granting authority and hold public hearings and approve special permits for things like earth removal or accessory apartments. Our goal is to strike a fair and reasonable balance between what we feel is the special character of our town and the ability people have to use their own property in a way beneficial to them.

The Planning Board has the responsibility of issuing Special Permits in accordance with the State Zoning Act (MGL Chapter 40A) for projects requiring such as defined in the Town Zoning Bylaws. Some special permits that are issued by the Planning Board may include:
  • Accessory Apartments
  • Assisted Living Facilities
  • Aquifer Protection
  • Common Driveways
  • Earth Removal
  • Flexible Developments
  • Personal Wireless Service Facilities

Planning Board Documents