Duties & Responsibilities
The Hanover Planning Board consists of six full members and up to three alternate members appointed by the Board of Selectmen for three-year terms. One Selectmen serves as a seventh full member, for whom another Selectmen serves as an alternate.
The Planning Board is responsible for:
- Determining the Town's land use policies and setting them forth in the Master Plan and related policy and regulatory documents;
- Reviewing and acting on projects involving new construction and renovations proposed on business, multi-family residential, and institutional properties according to the Site Plan Regulations;
- Reviewing and acting on proposed conventional and open-space residential and commercial subdivisions according to the Subdivision Regulations;
- Reviewing and acting on lot line adjustments and boundary agreements prior to recording;
- Reviewing and commenting on projects involving potential disturbance or removal of stonewalls and trees on Scenic Roads;
- Formulating and proposing amendments to the Hanover Zoning Ordinance;
- Formulating and amending the Site Plan and Subdivision Regulations;
- Cooperating with other town-related boards, committees, commissions, and task forces such as the Conservation Commission, Bike/Pedestrian Committee, Sustainable Hanover Committee, and Affordable Housing Commission.