Planning and Community Development
Contact: Rebekah L. DeCourcey - Director of Planning & Community Development
Address: 126 Main Street, Ware, MA 01082
Phone: 413.967.9648 x186
Contact the PCD Department if you have questions or concerns. During this state of emergency, all emails and voicemails to the PCD Department are still received.
Small Business Grant
Microenterprise Assistance Grant for businesses adversly impacted by the pandemic.
Housing Rehab Program
Main Street Improvement Project
This state funded project begins in April 2020.
Ware Regional Recovery Center.
Spearheaded by the Quaboag Hills Substance Use Alliance and using a peer-driven community approach: Learn more about the ongoing project by clicking the link above. WRRC Planning meetings occur the 1st Wednesday of the month 9:30-11:30am. August's meeting will be held on August 13. The Ware Regional Recovery Center (WRRC) is committed to being a safe and welcoming space to cultivate recovery, support families and bring together the growing recovery community in the region.
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.
Rules and Regulations of the Planning Board
COMPLETE STREETS POLICY
The link above is the final draft of the Ware Complete Streets Policy. The intent of this Policy is to create an equitable, balanced, and effective transportation system where every transportation user can travel safely and comfortable, and where sustainable transportation options are available to everyone.
Duties & Responsibilities:
| Planning Board Members
||Title||Term Expiration (June 30th)|
|Josh Kusnierz||Vice Chairman, PVPC Delegate||2021|
|Joseph Knight||Clerk, PVPC Alternate||2023|
|Ed Murphy, III||2024|
ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS
|Zoning Board of Appeals Members||Title||Term Expiration (June 30th)|
|Phil Hamel||Vice Chairman||2023|
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 Thursday starting in 2020 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).