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. 

Planning Board meetings are currently being held remotely via TCAM hosted Zoom meetings.

Please click on the link below to navigate to the Town of Townsend homepage for access information to join the Planning Board remote meetings.


Staff Contacts

Name Title
Beth Faxon Administrator


NameTitleTerm Expires
Lance J. McNally



Laura Shifrin

Vice Chair


Michael Virostko



Carol Hoffses



Julie Byars



Vacancy One

Associate Member