Planning Board


Planning Board Overview and Responsibilities
The Planning Board was established by a vote of Town Meeting in 1939 in
with Massachusetts General Laws, and the first Board was elected
in 1940. The Board
normally holds regularly scheduled meetings on the first
and third Thursdays of each
month. As required by the number of applications,
the circumstances of a specific
application, or the need to consider specific
issues or topics, the Planning Board also
holds additional special meetings.

The Board is responsible for:

Long Range Planning: The Planning Board initiates planning studies to identify
existing a
nd future land use issues and problems and proposes courses of action
to address
such issues and problems. To implement the recommendations of
planning studies,
or in response to changes in state or federal law, the Planning
Board directs the
preparation of proposed amendments to the Zoning Bylaw and
Planning Board Rules
and Regulations, and conducts the public hearings
required or adoption of such

Statutory Responsibilities: By State law, the Board is responsible for the
exercise of
the Subdivision Control Law in Burlington and has, in the absence
of superseding
Court action, final authority regarding subdivisions and Approval
Not Required plans
(certification that a land division is not subject to
subdivision control law).

Responsibility Authorized by Town Meeting: By authority delegated by Town
through the Zoning Bylaw, the Board is responsible for making decisions
on site plans,
site plan waivers and special permits. The Planning Board also
conducts public
hearings and makes recommendations to Town Meeting
regarding applications for
changes in zoning districts and for amendments to the
text of the Zoning Bylaw.