Planning Division

Planning Division Summary

The Planning Division oversees long range, strategic and comprehensive planning activities including economic development, community housing, hazard mitigation and maintenance of the Town’s Geographic Information System (GIS).

The Planning Division supports regulatory boards and town committees in the creation and revision of land use regulations including the Zoning Bylaw, Subdivision Regulations and long-range planning efforts including the Five-Year Strategic Plan and Local Comprehensive Plan.


New zoning bylaw amendments for residential site coverage adopted at the May 2023 Annual Town Meeting are now in effect.

The new bylaws place limits on site coverage and gross floor area for residential development. The new bylaws also calculate site coverage on buildable upland (not total lot area).   Please refer to zoning bylaw section 7.4 Residential Lot Intensity and sub sections 7.4.1, 7.4.2 and 7.4.3 to verify the site coverage limits and development potential for residential projects. Contact Paul Lagg, Community Development Director or Justin Post, Building Commissioner for assistance with the bylaw.

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