Planning Board

 
The Planning Board is an elected five-member board with a term length of three years. The Planning Board is supported by the Town Planner who offers administrative assistance as well as guidance on the technical and theoretical aspects of planning.
 

The Planning Board has several different responsibilities involving land use planning and development that cover the following topics as well as other items. The Planning Board administers the Rules & Regulations Governing the Subdivision of Land, meaning the Board reviews and makes decisions to determine whether subdivision proposals are approved, approved with conditions, or denied. The Board is the Special Permit Granting Authority for particular items as described in the Boxborough Zoning Bylaw, meaning the Board reviews and makes decisions on applications for certain Special Permits. Additionally, the Planning Board proposes zoning amendments to Town Meeting and plays a role in reviewing proposed amendments before they are put on the Town Meeting Warrant. The Board also has the authority to officially approve a Master Plan and worked with the Master Plan Update Committee on the most recent Master Plan update which was approved in January 2016. The Planning Board is also charged with evaluating the impact of residential, commercial, and industrial projects on the community which meet the threshold requiring Site Plan Approval. When appropriate, the Planning Board will require alterations to these projects to mitigate impacts to abutters and the community.

As part of the Master Planning process, the Planning Board has endorsed the Economic Development Committee’s proposal to engage the UMASS Amherst Center for Economic Development Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning (LARP) to conduct a study to support the development of a long-term Economic Development plan for the town.  The study is comprised of two phases, with Phase I to be conducted in the fall of 2019 and, if approved by Special Town Meeting in the fall, Phase II to be conducted in the spring of 2020.  The proposal for the project can be found here: UMASS Proposal.

If you are interested in growth and development issues, and land use planning, you should consider running for the Planning Board.

Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
Simon Corson Town Planner
Mary Nadwairski Department Assistant (978) 264-1722

Members

NameTitleTerm
Cindy Markowitz

Chair

2020

Mark White

Member

2022

Nancy Fillmore

Member

2020

Abby Reip

Member

2022

Rebecca Verner

Member

2021

Joseph Ferguson

Associate Member