Planning Board

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The Planning Board, authorized and formed pursuant to MGL Chapter 41, sections 81-A-81J, is the City’s primary agency responsible for the establishment of planning and community development policies. In addition to statutory responsibilities, the Planning Board formulates policies which guide land use and the development of municipal facilities, educates the public and other multi-member bodies with respect to those policies and, with the cooperation of the Community Development Department, studies issues or projects related to the development of the City.


  • Planning Board meetings are open to the public and are typically held the first and third Thursday of each month at 5:00pm. Please see the 2023 Meeting Schedule (PDF). Final meeting details will be posted 48 hours in advance under Public Notices on the City's website. 
  • Currently all meetings are being conducted virtually. Go to Virtual Meetings to find out more. 
  • All virtual meetings are being recorded. Go to Past Remote Public Meetings on the City's website to view. 

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meeting.
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Meeting results are available, following approval.
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First NameLast NamePhone NumberTitleCommission Expiration
RichardNoonan(978) 282-5555ChairFebruary 14, 2027
HankMcCarl(978) 281-5269Vice ChairFebruary 14, 2025
ShawnHenry(978) 590-4869MemberFebruary 14, 2027
DougCook(978) 281-2005MemberFebruary 14, 2027
MemberFebruary 14, 2027
JaneRemsen(978) 282-7313MemberFebruary 14, 2025
BeverlyBookin(978) 879-4496MemberFebruary 14, 2023

Planning Board Staff

To speak with the Planning Board’s professional staff in the City's Planning Division, please call (978) 325-5230 or email

Filed Applications

Follow this link to see filed applications [Google Drive - No Account Required]

Documents and Applications

Applicable Rules and Regulations 


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