Article 15 - Proposed Accessory Dwelling Units Bylaw
The Planning Board is sponsoring Article 15 - an update of the Town's existing 1986 Accessory Apartments Bylaw. Key changes include streamlining the existing three-board process (Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals, and Board of Health) to Site Plan & Architectural Design Review at the Planning Board, with Board of Health approval for septic/well permits prior to the issuance of a building permit.
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Frequently Asked Questions
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The Planning Board is charged with broad statutory responsibilities under M.G.L. c. 41 s. 81- A/D to guide the physical growth and development of Dover in a coordinated and comprehensive manner. More specifically, the Board is legally mandated to carry out certain provisions of the Subdivision Control Law (M.G.L., c. 41, s. 81K-81GG) and of the Zoning Act (M.G.L., c. 40A).
The legal responsibilities of the Planning Board are found at the local level in the subdivision regulations of the Planning Board and in the town’s zoning by-laws.
The Planning Board’s primary responsibilities include:
- Administering subdivision regulations - A subdivision is a parcel of land that is divided into 2 or more lots and generally requires the construction of a new road.
- Reviewing and endorsing Approval Not Required plans (PDF) that do not show a subdivision
- Serving as the Site Plan review board for development proposals in the business, manufacturing and medical/professional zones
- Serving as the special permit granting authority for personal wireless communications facilities, and multifamily residence developments
- Administering the Scenic Road Act regulations and issuing permits for removing or altering stone walls and trees along designated Scenic Road roads
- Administering the sign bylaw and regulations issuing permits for signs
- Reviewing and proposing amendments to the Town Zoning Bylaws
- Writing and updating the Dover Master Plan (PDF)
Dover Town Code Description of Responsibilities
A. There shall be a 5-member Planning Board elected on a rotating basis of 1 member each year for a 5-year term. The Planning Board’s duties and authority shall include, but shall not be limited to, those specified in Massachusetts General Laws (MGL) Chapter 41, Section 81A et seq.
B. An associate member of the Planning Board shall be elected at the Annual Town Election for a two-year term. Any vacancy in the position shall be filled in accordance with the procedure prescribed in Chapter 41, Section 81A, of the Massachusetts General Laws. The Chairman of the Planning Board, when acting as special permit granting authority, may designate the associate member to sit on this Board for the purposes of acting on a Special Permit application in the case of the absence, inability to act, or conflict of interest on the part of any member of the Planning Board or in the event of a vacancy on this board.
View the full Dover Town Code.