Planning Board


What's New……

 

Since July, the Planning Board has been working on the second phase of the Zoning Bylaw overhaul project. Whereas the first phase focussed on commercial and industrial development, the second phase focuses on residential development. The Board is proposing nine (9) zoning amendments covering such topics as:

 

  • Adding new definitions and revising existing definitions.
  • Revising how new lots are laid out.
  • Establishing new setback standards for accessory structures.
  • Moving the language regarding the conversion of single-family homes into multi-family homes out of the Table of Uses and into its own section within the Bylaw.
  • Moving the temporary residential structure language out of the Table of Uses and into its own section within the Bylaw.
  • Adding a buffer requirement between industrially zoned parcels and residential parcels.
  • Moving the accessory home occupation language out of the Table of Uses into its own section within the Bylaw and adding some performance standards.
  • Revising the Accessory Dwelling Unit section of the Bylaw.
  • Revising the Bylaw's Table of Uses.

You can read through the proposed changes by clicking on the links below.

 

Zoning Amendments for May 2017 Town Meeting - Part I

 

Zoning Amendments for May 2017 Town Meeting - Part II

 

These zoning amendments will be brought before the voters at the Annual Town Meeting in May.

 

Westminster Planning Board

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Planning Board Roles

The Planning Board is responsible for reviewing and approving divisions of land either through the Subdivision Plan Approval process or the Approval Not Required (ANR) process under Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 41. The Planning Board also reviews and approves new commercial, industrial and multi-family residential development projects through the Site Plan Approval process. The Planning Board is also the Special Permit Granting Authority (SPGA) for cluster residential developments and adult uses. The Planning Board is also charged with preparing and implementing the Town of Westminster’s Master Plan, which is the community’s long-range plan for the physical development of its landscape.

Member

Name Title
Jon Wyman Chair (2018)
Marie N. Auger Vice-Chair (2017)
Michael Fortin Member (2017)
Andrew Rice Member (2016)
Linda Wiest Member (2019)
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