Planning Department

What's New……

The Board of Selectmen is seeking additional public input on how the Town should zone for recreational marijuana, so any zoning changes on this topic will be dealt with at a later date. To learn more about the options under consideration, please click on the "Zoning Options for Recreational Marijuana" from the menu on the left.

In the meantime, the Planning Board is proposing two minor amendments to the Zoning Bylaw:

  • Revising the Zoning Bylaw's definition for Medical Marijuana Treatment Center/Registered Marijuana Dispensaries to reflect recent changes to State law.
  • Rezoning the Aubuchon warehouse parcel from Commercial-I to Industrial-I.

You can find the text of the proposed zoning changes here.

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With the second phase of the Zoning Bylaw overhaul project complete, the Planning Board will now focus on the third and last phase, which is revising the signage provisions within the Zoning Bylaw. The Board will spend the first half of 2018 on this effort.

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Duties and Responsibilities

The Town Planner assists the Planning Board with its review of new Subdivision Plans, Site Plans, Approval Not Required (ANR) Plans, and those Special Permits under the Board's jurisdiction. The Planner is also responsible for preparing and maintaining the Town's Community Master Plan, and coordinating economic development activities. The Planner also assists the Open Space Committee with the updating and maintenance of the Town's Open Space & Recreation Plan.

The Town Planner helps the Planning Board with the administration of its caseload, prepares grant applications on behalf of all municipal departments/boards/committees, engages in long-range planning studies, represents the Town in State and regional planning initiatives, and works on special projects assigned by the Board of Selectmen and Planning Board.

Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
Stephen Wallace Town Planner (978) 874-7414
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