Planning Board

The Planning Board’s primary responsibilities include:

Dunkin Donuts at 14 Dedham Street

The Planning Board endorsed the site plan at its meeting of June 20, 2016. An application for a building permit has been submitted is being reviewed.

 

Solar 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. Approval by the Board of Selectmen of those access and operations agreements is still pending.

 

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 TownPlanner@doverma.org
Administrative Asst. Sue Hall planning@doverma.org

Planning Board Members

Position Name Term Expires Email
Chair Mark Sarro 2021 msarro@doverma.org
Member Carol Lisbon 2019 clisbon@doverma.org
Member Henry Faulkner 2020 hfaulkner@doverma.org
Member Kate Bush 2017 kbush@doverma.org
Member Jody B. Shue 2018 jshue@doverma.org
Associate Member open

Meetings

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

A.

There shall be a 5-member Planning Board elected on a rotating basis of 1 member each year for a 5-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, § 81A et seq.
B.

An associate member of the Planning Board shall be elected at the Annual Town Election for a two-year term. Any vacancy in the position shall be filled in accordance with the procedure prescribed in Chapter 41, Section 81A, of the Massachusetts General Laws. The Chairman of the Planning Board, when acting as special permit granting authority, may designate the associate member to sit on this Board for the purposes of acting on a Special Permit application in the case of the absence, inability to act, or conflict of interest on the part of any member of the Planning Board or in the event of a vacancy on this board.

[Added ATM 5-6-2013 by Art. 11]

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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