The Community Development – Planning & Environmental division provides town planning, environmental planning, development review and permitting associated with residential, commercial, industrial and governmental land use projects.
Management and support services are provided to the Town Plan and Zoning Commission, the Conservation Commission/Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Agency, the Economic Development Commission and the Historic District Commission.
To provide high quality, efficient and comprehensive services through technology, communications and professionalism to ensure continuing enhancement of the quality of life.
An amendment has been made to the 2007-2017 Plan of Conservation & Development, effective February 26, 2012. Under Employment Area (PLANNING AREA SIX) Policies LAND USE AND DEVELOPMENT (page 48), a new policy section has been added: "8) Support multi-level elderly living/care facilities on lands that can provide buffering to adjacent residential districts that have commercial/industrial development limitations (i.e. wetlands, slopes, wildlife habitat)."