- 7 p.m.
- 1st Wednesday of each month
- Longmeadow High School, Room A15. Please check meeting agenda for alternate locations during summer months.
- On rare occasions, a meeting date and/or location has varied due to unforeseen situations, please check agenda and calendar prior to attending meetings.
Agendas & Minutes
Agendas are available prior to meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
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MembersThe Planning Board is an elected Town board of 5 members, each with a 5-year term.
About the Board
The Board operates under the provisions of Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 40A and Chapter 41. The purpose of the Planning Board is to guide the development of the Town in the best interests of all its residents. The Board has very specific responsibilities and authorities as granted by Massachusetts General Laws and the Zoning Bylaws of the Town of Longmeadow.
Zoning Bylaw Changes
The Zoning Bylaws of the Town have evolved over the years in an effort to maintain the unique character of Longmeadow. The Bylaws provide for the acceptable uses (i.e., residential, commercial, etc) within various land areas or “Zones” within the town as well as setting forth such items as the size of lots, required street frontage, and design and location elements for various types of structures within those zones. The Board on an ongoing basis reviews the Town’s Zoning bylaws and makes recommendations for changes to keep the bylaws current in terms of the Town’s present state of development.
Any requests for Zoning Bylaw changes or amendments are also reviewed by the Board. Public hearings are held to allow input from any abutters or other interested citizens. The Board is required to provide a recommendation on any Zoning Bylaw amendment at Town Meeting, where a 2/3 vote is required to approve the change.
The Planning Board is responsible for the review and approval of all subdivisions (the division of a tract of land into 2 or more lots). The Board oversees a comprehensive process involving review by relevant regulatory agencies, public hearings, covenants with developers for betterments, performance bonding, and ongoing compliance monitoring.
Under “Site and Design Review” in the Zoning Bylaws, the Board also has the responsibility to assure that prior to any new construction or significant changes to an existing structure, other than single family dwellings, such factors as community needs, abutters’ concerns, visual amenities, safety issues, and environmental and historic features on the site and in adjacent areas are considered.
Project Planning Assistance
The Planning Board serves as a resource to assist interested individuals with the process of proposing plans or projects under the Zoning bylaws. Communications are maintained on an ongoing basis with related Town agencies including the Zoning Board of Appeals and other planning groups within the Town such as the Long Range Planning Committee.
You may contact the Board by calling Sharon Smith at the Planning and Community Development Office at 413-565-4153. For More information on a project's permitting process please visit Community Development Permitting Portal.