Planning Board

The Planning Board’s primary responsibilities include:


Contacting the Planning Board

Office Hours: Tues.-Thurs.  10a-3p
Office Location: 1st floor of the Town House.

Telephone: (508) 785-0032 ext.238
Fax: (508) 785-8114

Mailing Address:
Planning Board
P.O. Box 250
Dover, MA 02030

Position Name Email
Town Planner Gino Carlucci
Administrative Asst. Sue Hall

Planning Board Members

Position Name Term Expires Email
Chair Mark Sarro 2021
Member Carol Lisbon 2019
Member Henry Faulkner 2020
Member Kate Bush 2017
Member John P. Dougherty 2018
Associate Member Jody B. Shue 2017


The Planning Board generally meets twice monthly on Mondays at 7:30 PM.  Check the Town Calendar for meeting dates and times. Review the Planning Board’s meeting minutes for a record of their meetings.

Dover Town Code Description of Responsibilities

Dover Town Code
There shall be a five-member Planning Board elected on a rotating basis of one member each year for a five-year term. The Planning Board’s duties and authority shall include, but shall not be limited to, those specified in M.G.L. ch. 41, if § 81A et seq.

Frequently Asked Questions

What zoning district is my property located in?
There are three Residential zones (1/2-acre, 1-acre and 2-acre) as well as zones for Business, Manufacturing-Industrial, Medical-Professional, Official or Open Space, and Conservancy. Refer to the Dover Town Code Chapter 185-6 through 185-8 for information about the zoning districts in Dover. Refer to the end of Chapter 185 in the Dover Town Code for the zoning map.

What is the procedure for approving a subdivision?
Any owner wishing to subdivide land for development must present an application to the Planning Board. For a subdivision to be approved all lots must contain the minimum frontage and area requirements for its zoning district and the road must meet certain design standards. A public hearing and notification of abutters is required. The Planning Board Rules and Regulations (Chapter 248 of the Dover Town Code) include the specific requirements of the design and approval process.

How do I know if my property is on a scenic road?
The Dover Town Code Chapter 245-3 lists the roads subject to Scenic Road regulations. Any work planned within the right-of-way on a scenic road may require a Scenic Road hearing before the Planning Board..

What is the procedure to determine the need for a Scenic Road Hearing?
The applicant must complete and submit a Determination of Need for a Scenic Road Hearing form. The Planning Board office then will determine whether the hearing is needed.

Hearings are required for plans to alter stone walls and/or removal of trees with a caliper of 1 ½” or greater.  If a hearing is needed, the applicant completes the Scenic Road Application form and submits it to the Planning Board along with the fee.

Can I cut down trees on my property?
A plan to remove trees on a scenic road may require a Scenic Road Hearing before the Planning Board. The applicant must complete a Determination of Need for a Scenic Road Hearing form. The Planning Board office then determines whether the hearing is needed.

The Town does not have jurisdiction over trees on private property unless they are within the buffer zone of wetlands or a perennial stream. In such a case, you should contact the Conservation Commission to determine any approvals needed.

What changes to my property require a Special Permit?
The Planning Board grants Special Permits for development in the Business, Manufacturing and Medical-Professional districts, and for proposed multi-family/elderly housing.  On residential property you should check with the Building Department, Zoning Board of Appeals, Board of Health and/or Conservation Commission to determine which if any permits are needed for your proposed work.

Can I put up a sign on my property?
The sign bylaw (Town Code Chapter 185-35) determine the types of permanent and temporary signs that may be placed on your property.  Certain signs on residential properties and all business signs require approval of the Planning Board.

What is the Perfect Square?
The Perfect Square refers to the requirement that a buildable lot be large enough to contain a perfect square with dimensions equal to the frontage requirement for that zoning district. For example, in the R-2 District, the lot must have 200 feet of frontage and be capable of containing a perfect square that is 200 x 200 feet. No lot may be narrower than its minimum required frontage between the right-of way line (frontage) and the required perfect square.

Refer to 185a Schedule of Dimensional Requirements in the Dover Town Code for the measurements of the minimum frontage required.

What are the filing forms and fees for activities subject to Planning Board jurisdiction?
See Schedule of Filing Fees and Engineering Review Deposits

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