The Alford Planning Board was created by Massachusetts state statute, which defines its powers and duties. The role of the Planning Board is to maintain a comprehensive plan for the town that administers subdivision regulations in accordance with the state subdivision control law, to review residential special permit applications, and to make decisions and recommendations required by the town’s zoning bylaws and the state zoning act in regard to zoning amendments and rezoning petitions. The Planning Board assists the Selectmen and other town departments and committees with making decisions on said planning topics. You can contact the Planning Board by e-mail or phone, and you can attend their meetings.
The Planning Board conducts Site Plan Reviews for:
- Any alterations in the Stream and Pond Overlay District
- Any alteration with the Flood Plain Overlay District
- Any single or two family structure with a gross floor area of over 4000 square feet.
The Planning Board issues Special Permits for driveways in excess of 500 feet in length, Special Permits for driveway grades in excess of 5%, Special Permits for common driveways serving not more than two lots and Special Permits for certain uses in Stream & Pond Overlay District.
The Planning Board may cancel a meeting if there is no business scheduled before the Board. In order to assure that the meeting will be held, it is advised that the Board be notified at least seven days ahead of time of an individual’s desire to appear before the Board.
If you are looking for bylaws, permits and other downloadable files, please see the Downloads page.