Village Center Visioning

Zoning Map of Dover, MA town center

Springdale Avenue, a main thoroughfare through Dover's Village Center, is about to experience significant change due to the redevelopment of the Caryl Community Center, and future redevelopment projects along Springdale Avenue & Whiting Road. In anticipation of these changes, the Planning Board seeks to create a cohesive vision for the Village Center which may potentially lead to a rezoning effort to ensure that any future development is complimentary to the character of the town and is of maximum benefit to residents.

Past Events

The Planning Board kicked the project off at their meeting on September 7, 2021. The Board met with its consultants, Civic Space Collaborative to discuss the Village Center and project priorities.

Dover COA and the Planning Board held a virtual Coffee & Chat on Thursday, November 18, 2021. Seniors and community members joined the Planning Board and Civic Space Collaborative to discuss the future of Dover's Village Center. If you would like to watch the video of the event, please click here.

A Visual Preference survey open to all Dover residents was conducted between January 2022-March 2022. Results of the survey can be found here and it's presentation to the Planning Board on 3/28/22 can be found here. The final Village Center Visioning Process Summary can be found here.

In early December 2022, the Planning Board met with its consultant, Ted Brovitz of Brovitz Community Planning and Design, to begin the process of transforming the Village Center Vision into recommended bylaw changes to bring before the May 2023 Town Meeting. On December 10th a public hearing was conducted with 25 Dover residents to explore the Center's current conditions, strengths, threats, and opportunities. The conversation was dynamic and thoughtful. The presentation can be reviewed here. Notes from the 3-hour discussion can be found here. The consultant’s final report from the open hearing can be found here.