The Planning Board is responsible for the creation and amendment of a townwide master plan that establishes policies to govern the Town’s future growth and community development. The Board may monitor the progress made in implementing this master plan and other plans prepared by the Board and is responsible for the review and recommendation of zoning amendments based on its study of the community’s resources, possibilities, and needs.
The Planning Board has the power to regulate the subdivision of land within the Town by the adoption and administration of rules and regulations governing such development. The Board further has the authority to delegate the approval of subdivision plans not subject to the Massachusetts Subdivision Control Law to the Director of Planning and Community Development.
The Planning Board is responsible for surveying the growth and needs of the Town and the physical conditions and adequacy of all public buildings and facilities. The Board meets annually with representatives of the Town’s agencies to learn and understand these capital needs.
The Planning Board is further responsible for the preparation and annual revision of the Town’s five-year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) in accordance with Section 6-10 of the Town Charter. The Board considers the relative need, the timing, the estimated cost, and the proposed method of financing of each proposed capital expenditure. The CIP is then submitted to the Mayor for review, revision, and submission to the Town Council.
The Planning Board is composed of five members of the community appointed by the Mayor.
|B. D. Nayak||Member|