Planning and Community Development
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
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.
Please see the March 2019 Zoning Bylaws for current design requirements.
COMPLETE STREETS POLICY DRAFT AS OF 11/26/19
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||2022|
|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||2020|
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).