Community Development - Planning Division

A Division of the Community Development Department
Welcome to the Planning Division web page! The Planning Division handles land use, economic development, zoning and planning issues for the Town by providing:
  • Professional “in-house” planning services including plan development and implementation, zoning review and amendments and, grant writing and administration;
  • Project related services including review and discussions of preliminary and final development plans, review of plans submitted to the Planning Board and/or the Zoning Board of Appeals during Special Permit, Variance, and Design and Site Plan Review hearings, and analysis of impacts from proposed developments on abutting neighborhoods and the Town as a whole;
  • Staff to permanent and temporary committees including the Economic Development Committee, Historic District CommissionHousing TrustMBTA Communities Advisory CommitteePlanning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals;
  • Public services through direct interaction with residents, developers, property owners and other interested parties.   
The Division also works closely with the Select Board and other town departments committees, and commissions seeking grants for historic preservation, affordable housing, open space, and transportation.
Through these various activities the Division strives to enhance the physical environment of the Town, to improve the quality of life for residents, businesses, and visitors; and to support the diversity of this very special community.  Please feel free to contact Community Development to share your thoughts and ideas with us.
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Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
Ara Yogurtian Assistant Director/ Project Manager (617) 993-2666
Gabriel Distler Staff Planner (617) 993-2666