Planning Board

Application Submission Deadlines

The Planning Board’s primary responsibilities include:


Information About Open Space Residential Design (OSRD) Bylaws

The Planning Board is considering proposing a Town Meeting article to amend the Zoning Bylaw by adding a provision for Open Space Residential Design (OSRD). This was last considered in 2008. This concept is also sometimes referred to as “Conservation Zoning” or “Natural Resource Protection Zoning.” The Planning Board will focus its meeting of September 24, 2018 on discussing this concept, including a presentation by MassAudubon. The following links provide additional information:

 Haven Meadows

The Planning Board currently has a  Preliminary Subdivision Application before them proposing  8 lots off Haven Terrace titled Haven Meadows n-wax. The following links provide additional information.

Verizon – 2 Dedham Street

New Middle School at Charles River School

The Planning Board approved the Site Plan Review application on December 12, 2016 for the proposed new middle school. Associated documents:


Dunkin Donuts at 14 Dedham Street

A Use and Occupancy Permit was issued on December 15, 2016.  The facility is now open 다운로드. More info on Dunkin Donuts.


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, 2016. On 11/17/16 the Board of Selectmen approved a real estate license agreement between the Town of Dover and Hale Reservation, and a temporary license agreement which details Blue Wave’s proposal for a staging plan to facilitate storage and movement of materials during construction of the solar array, hours of operation and access to the landfill. The Regional School Committee has agreed to purchase electricity from the facility. Related Documents.

Contacting the Planning Board

Office Hours: Tues.-Thurs.  10am-3pm; on the day of Planning Board meetings office hours are 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Office Location: 1st floor of the Town House 피크앱플레이어 다운로드.

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 Carol Chirico 2022
Member Carol Lisbon 2024
Member Henry Faulkner 2020
Member Mark Sarro 2021
Member Jody B. Shue 2023
Associate Member Tara Nolan 2021


The Planning Board generally meets twice monthly on Mondays at 7:30 PM.  Check the Town Calendar for meeting dates and times txt 도서. 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 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.


An associate member of the Planning Board shall be elected at the Annual Town Election for a two-year term 다운로드. 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 감사패 양식. 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 다운로드.

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 음오아예 다운로드.

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 다운로드.

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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