The Planning Department implements many of the Town's long-range planning goals through the development and administration of zoning ordinances and other codes. Codes are designed to address environmental quality, the aesthetics and quality of the built environment, hazard mitigation, neighborhood preservation, resiliency, land use compatibility, and other goals. For most residential development, ordinances are administered and enforced through the regular permitting and inspections process.
For non-residential development, a development review process exists which requires project approval by the Town's Planning Board and Board of Commissioners. In most cases, this involves review and approval of a site plan and/or conditional use permit. The Town has a Technical Review Committee consisting of members from various Town departments that will review and make recommendations on these projects based on the Town Code as well as other local, state, and federal requirements. Planning staff oversees the Committee's review process, including coordination with the Planning Board and Board of Commissioners.
Staff also conducts special studies at the request of the Board of Commissioners and/or Planning Board related to special planning topic areas and provides recommendations on zoning map and text amendments.
Finally, Planning staff processes Board of Adjustment (BOA) petitions for variances and appeals, updates the official zoning map, and provides interpretations of the Zoning Ordinance and other Town Codes. Below is a link to submittal dates for applications to the Technical Review Committee as well as the Planning Board, Board of Commissioners, and Board of Adjustment.
View the Planning Board's agendas and minutes.
Board of Adjustment
View the Board of Adjustment agendas and minutes.