Planning Board Overview and Responsibilities
The Planning Board was established by a vote of Town Meeting in 1939 in
accordance 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 and 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 amendments.
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
Meetingthrough 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.