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FAQ Topic: Planning

How do I voice my comments, questions or concerns?

During the public hearing, the Chair will ask if anyone from the public wishes to speak on the proposed project.  Prior to speaking, you are requested to stand and state your name and address for the record.  The following suggestions are provided to assist you in presenting testimony at a public hearing: Confine testimony to … Continued

How long is the public hearing?

The complexity and size of the proposed project determines how long the public hearing will be, typically ranging from one night to several nights.  When a proposed project requires more than one night, the public hearing will be continued to a specified date.  However, as an abutter, it is important to note that you will … Continued

What is the procedure of the public hearing?

a.  The Chair will read the public notice and open the hearing. b.  The Chair will request a presentation of the proposed project from the applicant. c.  Members of the Planning Board will ask questions of the applicant. d.  The Chair will solicit public comments. e.  At the Chair’s discretion, the applicant will be requested … Continued

What is the purpose of the public hearing?

Public hearings serve as a forum for the Planning Board and public to review and comment on the proposed project.  The scope of the Planning Board’s review is restricted to the applicable sections of the zoning bylaw or subdivision regulations as referenced in the legal notice.  

How can I find out more about the proposed project?

Interested parties can obtain additional information about a proposed project in the following manners: Contact the Planning Board at 978-777-0001 Ext. 3029 Review the application, plans and supporting materials at the Land Use and Community Services Department Attend the public hearing

Why have I received a Legal Notice?

You have received a Legal Notice because you are an abutter, as defined by State Law, to a proposed development that will be reviewed by the Planning Board.  This notice is required to inform an abutter that a public hearing will be held on a project.

What are the planning board filing deadlines for 2017?

All new applications (Except ANR):  30 days prior to the next Planning Board Meeting. Administrative Modifications, ANR, Performance Guarantee Establishment, Reduction or Guarantees or any Revised Plans:  14 days prior to the next Planning Board Meeting The applications must be received by the Planning Department by the times specified in order to appear on the … Continued

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