Planning and Community Development

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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. No public hearings are being scheduled at this time, but will be scheduled within 45 days of the state of emergency ending. 

Business Survey

The Town of Ware would like to gauge how the pandemic has impacted Ware businesses. Please take about 10 minutes to help us better understand the needs of your buinsess and ideas for solutions that could be helpful. Please feel free to share this survey with others so that we may gather as much information as possible. The resuls of this survey will help us determine what grants to apply for to help local businesses. Thank you very much.


Housing Rehab Program

Main Street Improvement Project

This state funded project begins in April 2020.

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.
 
Draft Rules & Regulations of the Planning Board. Public Hearing date to be determined. 

Proposed Zoning Bylaw Revisions for Annual Town Meeting:

SOLAR BYLAW DRAFT AS OF MARCH 12, 2020

SOLAR DEFINITIONS DRAFT AS OF MARCH 12, 2020


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:
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

         Planning Board Members            
Title   Term Expiration (June 30th)
Richard Starodoj  Chairman  2021
Josh Kusnierz  Vice Chairman, PVPC Delegate   2022
Joseph Knight  Clerk, PVPC Alternate  2023
Ed Murphy, III    2024
Fred Urban    2020
Jennifer Muche     Alternate  2020


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ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS

Zoning Board of Appeals Members  Title  Term Expiration (June 30th) 
 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  2022


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).

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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 fourth 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