The Planning Office staffs the Planning Board and the Master Plan Implementation Committee and assists the Zoning Board of Appeals, Economic Development Commission, and the Historic Commission. The Planning Office strives to provide timely and accurate information and guidance to constituents and decision-makers regarding Land Use, Housing, Economic Development, Natural and Cultural Resources, Open Space and Recreation, Public Services and Facilities, and Circulation and Transportation.

Duties & Responsibilities

Reference Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 959, Acts of 1977.

Master Plan

  • To make careful studies
  • To prepare plans of the resources, possibilities, and needs of the city or town
  • To report annually to the town meeting regarding the condition of the town  
  • To make a master or study plan
  • To review and submit a report regarding the layout, alteration. relocation or discontinuance of public ways.