Sign-BylawPublic Hearing on Proposed Changes to the Sign Bylaw

The Planning Board will hold a public hearing on proposed revisions to the sign bylaw (Section 185-35 of the Town Code) on February 27, 2017 at 7:30 PM at the Town House. The revisions are in response to a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision requiring sign restrictions to be content-neutral, and based on the Board’s experience implementing the current sign bylaw.  The Planning Board encourages everyone to participate in this discussion and/or to submit comments to the Board.


paytPublic Forum on Pay-As-You-Throw (PAYT), March 1, 7:00 PM Great Hall

The Dover PAYT Planning Team will hold a Public Forum on Wednesday, March 1 at 7:00 P.M. in the Great Hall to present the rationale for PAYT in Dover, the impacts of PAYT in Massachusetts, and a review of the refinements and impacts proposed for Dover.  All interested citizens are invited to attend and participate in this discussion.


town-seal-smallRail Trail Public Forum

The Board of Selectmen will hold a Public Forum on Monday, March 6, 2017 at 7 PM in the Great Hall of the Town House to update interested residents on the status of the Rail Trail lease negotiations.  The Selectmen and Town Counsel will be available to answer questions, and all interested citizens are invited to attend and participate in the discussion.


town-seal-smallAnnual Town Meeting

The Annual Town Meeting will be held Monday, May 1, 2017 at 7:00 PM in the Alan Mudge Auditorium in Dover-Sherborn Regional High School.


town-seal-smallRail Trail Info

At their February 16, 2017 meeting, the Board of Selectmen executed two motions with respect to the proposed Bay Colony Rail Trail.    The Bay Colony Rail Trail Lease requests MBTA approval of the proposed lease agreement before the Annual Town meeting, and the Bay Colony Rail Trail Memorandum of Understanding authorizes Town Counsel to negotiate a memorandum of understanding with the Friends of the Dover Greenway regarding funding. An updated version of the draft lease agreement was also presented to the Selectmen.

At the Board of Selectmen’s meeting on February 2nd, 2017 there was a presentation on the status of the lease negotiations with the MBTA. Documents shown in the 2/2/17 presentation or given to the Board of Selectmen are below:

Process Outline

Updated Summary of Changes to Standard MBTA Form

Cumulative Redline Draft Lease as of 1-30-17

MBTA Meeting Minutes of 7-11-12 re Lease


CRSNew Middle School at Charles River School

The Planning Board approved the Site Plan Review application on December 12 for the proposed new middle school.  See the Planning Board Page for related documents.


town_sealTax Rate

Dover’s FY 2017 tax rate of $13.05 has been reviewed and approved by the Department of Revenue.

Tax bills will be mailed in late December, with the first of two final payments due on February 1, 2017. Applications for abatement of the real estate or personal property tax must also be submitted to the Board of Assessors by February 1, 2017.  For personal exemptions, the application deadline is April 1, 2017.

As required, the Town has completed its interim year valuation update for FY 2017 reflecting values as of January 1, 2016. The average single family residential valuation is $1,113,148; the median is $932,250.

FY 2017 Property Values

If you have any questions about your bill or would like further information concerning abatements or exemptions, please contact the Assessors’ Office at 508-785-0032, ext. 223.


dover-transfer-station-signNew Transfer Station Guidelines

A flyer with guidelines for using the Transfer Station and disposing of your household trash, recyclables, special materials and food scraps will be sent out to every household with the tax bill mailing in December. The Recycling Committee thanks you for adhering to these rules  which promote recycling, reduce operating  expenses, protect your septic systems and meet the requirements of the Commonwealth of MA. Transfer Station guidelines.


PV-solar-panelSolar Photovoltaic Array at Hale Reservation

The Planning Board approved the Site Plan Review application contingent on Town Counsel’s review and approval of relevant legal documents regarding access and operations at their meeting on September 12. The Board of Selectmen approved those access and operations agreements on November 17, 2016. The Regional School Committee has agreed to purchase electricity from the facility. See the Planning Board page for related documents.