Planning and Community Development

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This department is here to answer any and all of your questions regarding planning, zoning, and community development needs. Please call, email, or stop in anytime!

Contact:
Rebekah L. DeCourcey - Director of Planning & Community Development 
                Nicole L. Croteau - Assistant to the Director
Address: 126 Main Street, Ware, MA  01082
Phone: 413.967.9648  x186

FEES: 
All application fees and fees associated with public records requests must be paid by check or money order.
We are unable to accept cash.

SOLAR BYLAW DRAFT AS OF 8/14/19
The link above is only a working draft of the Ware Solar Bylaws. 
The Planning & Community Development is welcoming the citizens of Ware for suggestions.
Please email us any comments.

Duties & Responsibilities:
The Planning and Community Development department is responsible for performing studies and preparing plans related to land use and development of the town, (including the Master Plan); to draft regulations which carry out those plans, and to administer said regulations (see the CD page for more on those efforts). The department includes, among others, the Planning Board and the Zoning Board of Appeals. 

Planning Board
Name                               Title                                      Term Expiration
Richard Starodoj           Chairperson                                           2021
Josh Kusnierz                 Vice Chairman, PVPC Delegate        2022
Joe Knight                       Clerk, PVPC Alternate                        2023
Ed Murphy, III                                                                               2024
Fred Urban                                                                                      2020
Jennifer Muche              (Alternate)                                             2020

2019 Planning Board meeting dates and deadlines.

Zoning Board of Appeals
Name                                   Title                                 Term Expires June 30
Lewis Iadarola                   Chairman                                         2021
Phil Hamel                         Vice Chairman                                2020

Chuck Dowd                                                                                 2020
Greg Eaton                                                                                    2020         
Jodi Chartier                                                                                 2022                      
David Skoczylas                (Alternate)                                        2021
George Staiti                      (Alternate)                                        2019

2019 Zoning Board of Appeals meeting dates and deadlines.

The Planning Board is responsible for the administration of the Subdivision Regulations under the purview of ML ac 41 §81 AK to GG as well as all site plan applications and most of the special permits required under the Zoning Bylaw. The Board is responsible for creating and updating the town’s master plan; and they usually take the lead in updating the zoning bylaw as well. The Board also participates in other planning activities in town, such as the Open Space & Recreation Plan, redevelopment planning, and neighborhood planning. Finally, the Board provides advice on the development of the town or on specific proposals when requested by other boards and commissions. The Planning Board meets on the first and third Wednesday of each month at 7:00 PM in the Selectmen's Meeting Room at Ware Town Hall (please check postings for current dates and cancellations).

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The Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) is a quasi-judicial body which operates under the authority of Chapter 40A of the General Laws of the Commonwealth for the purpose of promoting the health, safety, convenience, and general welfare of the Town of Ware. The ZBA reviews requests for variances submitted by applicants who want an exemption to the local zoning bylaw in order to use their land in a particular way. The ZBA may be asked to review requests submitted by residents or business owners who are aggrieved by a decision made by the Building Commissioneror the Planning Board. The ZBA reviews requests for Comprehensive Permits submitted under Chapter 40B by developers who wish to create affordable housing. The Zoning Board of Appeals meets when necessary on the third Wednesday of every month at 7:00 PM in the Selectmen's Meeting Room at Ware Town Hall (please check postings for current dates and cancellations).

Zoning Districts:

R           Rural 
RR        Rural Residential
SR         Suburban Residential
BLR      Beaver Lake Residential
DTR     Downtown Residential
RBI       Residential Business
DC        Downtown Commercial
MY        Mill Yard
HC        Highway Commercial
CIA       Commercial Industrial

I             Industrial