Planning Board

  • Townsend Annual Town Meeting Planning Board presentation

 

Planning Board Mission

The mission of the Planning Board is to preserve and enhance the quality of life for individual residents and the town community as a whole; to provide foresight and direction through an open, informed and inclusive public decision making process, and to ensure reasonably planned growth and development of land and its use in a manner that preserves the Town's unique rural and historic character.
 

Through public hearings and open meetings, the Board is responsible for reviewing applications for Subdivisions, Site Plan Review Special Permits, Approval Not Required” (ANR) Plans, and applications submitted under the “Scenic Roads Act.” The Board also serves as the Stormwater Authority to oversee the Stormwater Management Bylaw, and is in charge of updating the Town’s Master Plan. Agendas are posted on the Outdoor Public Notice Board and on the Town Web Site. All are welcomed and encouraged to attend meetings, typically held on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month, or as business, holidays and schedules dictate.

TOWNSEND MEMORIAL HALL OFFICES ARE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC FROM 9:00 A.M. TO 4:00 P.M. AND BY APPOINTMENT ONLY OUTSIDE OF THOSE HOURS.  PLEASE CALL THE OFFICE IF YOU WISH TO VISIT IN ADVANCE. FACE MASKS MUST BE WORN IN THE BUILDING AND SOCIAL DISTANCING MUST BE ADHERED TO.  THE PLANNING BOARD IS MEETING REMOTELY DURING THE MASSACHUSETTS STATE OF EMERGENCY.

A DROP BOX HAS BEEN INSTALLED AT THE PARKING LOT ENTRANCE OF MEMORIAL HALL, PLEASE DROP ANY MATERIALS FOR THE PLANNING BOARD IN THIS BOX. PLEASE NOTIFY THE PLANNING BOARD OFFICE [email protected] AND THE TOWN CLERKS OFFICE IF YOU DO SO. THIS BOX IS CHECKED PERIODICALLY DURING BUSINESS HOURS. 

Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
Elizabeth (Beth) Faxon Planning and Zoning Board of Appeals Administrator 978-597-1722

Members

NameTitleTerm
Lance J. McNally

Chairman

2022

Laura Shifrin

Vice Chairwoman

2021

Charles Sexton-Diranian

Clerk

2024

Vacancy One

Member

2025

Carol Hoffses

Member

2021

Vacancy One

Associate Member

2021