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.
Duties & Responsibilities:
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).
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).