Planning and Community Development
Contact: Department of Planning & Community Development
Director: Rob Watchilla
Address: 126 Main Street, Ware, MA 01082
Contact the PCD Department if you have questions or concerns.
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
Local Rapid Response Program
Funded by the state, the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission has been working with the Town to understand how the Town has been impacted by Covid and make plans to help the Town recover.
Water Filtration Plant Information
Please reach out to the PCD Department to learn more about Ware's Opportunity Zone.
Small Business Grant
Microenterprise Assistance Grant for businesses adversely impacted by the pandemic. If you businesses has been negatively impacted by the pandemic, you could be eligible for up to $25,000.
Main Street Improvement Project
This state funded will be completed by Winter 2021. Click here for information on available parking, plans of the project, and timeline of construction.
Housing Rehab Program
Community Development Block Grant funded program to assist low to moderate income homeowners in making necessary repairs to their homes. If you need to make improvements to eliminate building code violations, eliminate unsafe or unhealthy conditions, improve weatherization or undertake other necessary improvements to improve the quality of your living conditions.
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. 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.
A Complete Street is one that provides safe and accessible travel alternatives for all modes – walking, biking, transit, and motorized vehicles. Complete Streets designs contribute towards safety, health, and economic vitality that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and ability. Having multimodal options to travel between home, work, schools, recreation, and retail destinations are essential in promoting more livable communities.
Duties & Responsibilities:
| Planning Board Members
|Richard Starodoj||Vice Chairman||2026|
|Ed Murphy, III||2024|
|Elizabeth Hancock||Alternate||June 30, 2022|
ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS
|Zoning Board of Appeals Members||Title||Term Expiration|
|Jodi Chartier||Vice Chairman||2022|
|David Skoczylas||Alternate||June 30, 2024|
|George Staiti||Alternate||June 30, 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).