37 Main Street
Charlton, MA 01507
Mon - Thu
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month September through June at 7 PM in the Planning Board Office. The Planning Board will meet once in July and once in August. The Planning Board will meet once in December and go back to regular schedule in January.
Agenda - Apr. 19, 7 PM
Notice - May 3, 7:15 PM
Planning Board Directory
Alan I. Gordon
Elected Board Members
Peter Starkus, Chairman
Jean Vincent, Secretary
The Planning Board is responsible for guiding and reviewing matters related to the physical growth and development of the Town of Charlton - being governed by Federal and State Statutes, local Zoning Bylaws, Subdivision Rules and Regulation. The Board also administers the Scenic Roads Act. The Master Plan is the primary guide for managing the towns growth.
If you would like to get on the Planning Board's agenda, please contact the Planning Board via phone or email by the Wednesday previous to a scheduled meeting.
Related: Site Plan Application Requirements
Permit Application Requirement
Projects and Programs
Charlton Village District PDA Assessment Report 2015
Development Plan (EO 418 Study) completed by CMRPC.
Charlton Project Guide
Plan (without maps)
Charlton Master Plan Update Website
Offers First-Time Homebuyer Program (or visit www.mhp.net)
Open Space, Greenways & Trails Planning Project
Open Space Trails and Greenways Map 2008
CMRPC - Charlton Snapshot - This snapshot contains data on:
Population, Economy, Housing, Education, Transportation, Public Safety
Planning Charlton Development
Power Point Presentation given by Bill Scanlon of CMRPC on October 28, 2002
funded through Ex Order 418 re: Charlton Center Study, Planning Board
and Economic Development Commission (EDC), Existing Conditions Report.
169 Corridor Planning Analysis completed by CMRPC.
Overlook Wins Smart Growth Award (includes aerial photos)
Housing Authority Plans Expansion
Charlton, MA. A recent report prepared for the Charlton Housing Authority supports an expansion at the Authoritys Meadowview Drive property in Charlton Center. The Authority has been seeking to expand due to the large demand for its existing units.
The proposed expansion plan consists of ten additional units for families and eight units for seniors and disabled individuals. Presently on the site are 30 elderly units and 6 family units. Jean Vincent, Executive Director of the Housing Authority, said: As Charlton has grown over the years, we have a tremendous need to increase our supply of subsidized units to provide Charlton residents with high quality affordable housing.
The study was funded by a grant from the states Department of Housing and Community Development with a cash match provided by the Charlton Planning Board. Alan Gordon, Charltons Planning Director, noted: The Planning Board and Housing Authority have worked cooperatively on this effort for several years. This project is consistent with the Towns new Master Plan which seeks to address the shortage of affordable housing by building new units in central locations with convenient services for residents.
The principal authors of the study are planning consultant William Scanlan and engineering consultant Michael Andrade, P.E. of Graves Engineering, Inc. in Worcester. The Planning Board will place the report on the Towns web site where interested parties may review and comment on the plan.
Ms. Vincent will submit the report to the Mass. Housing Partnership to demonstrate the feasibility of the proposed expansion and seek additional funding to demonstrate the financial viability of the project, after which the Housing Authority will proceed to the engineering design stage of the proposal.
Jean Vincent, 508-248-5067
Alan Gordon, 508-248-2237
William Scanlan, 508-579-9975
Michael Andrade, 508-856-0321 ext. 103
CHA Feasibility Study - Final Report
Konover Development Project
Konover shopping center site plan application public hearing process
Proposed Retail Center
Certified copies of the Subdivisions Regulations may be purchased at the Planning Board office or the Town Clerk's Office.
How can I obtain a copy of the Zoning Bylaws and/or Subdivision
Both the Zoning Bylaw and Subdivision Regulations may be downloaded
from this site:
Copies of the Zoning Bylaws and Subdivision Regulations are also
available in the Planning Board Office for $15.00 per copy. If you
would like a copy mailed to you, send a check for $18.00 (to cover
postage) for each copy to the Charlton Planning Board, 37 Main Street,
Charlton, MA 01507. Short sections of these documents may also be
sent by fax, if requested. Copies of the Zoning Bylaw and Subdivision
Regulations are also available in the Town Clerk's Office.
What are the required lot sizes, minimum yards (setbacks),
frontage, and maximum height required for new construction?
These requirements differ by zoning districts, as follows:
||Min. Lot Area Sq. Ft.
||Min. Lot Width & Contiguous Street Frontage
||Min. Front Yard Feet
||Min. Side Yard Feet
||Min. Rear Yard Feet
|Low Density Residential R-40
|Residential Small Enterprise R-SE
|Neighborhood Business NB
|Community Business CB
|Business Enterprise Park BEP*
|Industrial General IG**
The maximum height of a primary structure in all districts is 36
*BEP: Max Building Coverage is 33%. Max Building Height is 36 feet.
**IG: Max Building Coverage is 40%. Max Building Height is 36 feet.
Please note that there are some exceptions to the table above.
For example, different standards apply to multi-family developments,
some development in Industrial districts and in areas with sewer
in the R-SE district. Please contact the Planning Board Office for
What zoning district is my property located in?
Copies of the zoning map are available for reference or purchase
in the Planning Board Office and Town Clerk's Office. You may also
call the Planning Board for information about your zoning district.
How long will review of my project take?
The time period for review of a particular project depends on the
nature of the project and the legal advertisement and notification
requirements. Please contact the Planning Board office to discuss
the specifics of your proposal and the estimated time line. Applications
that are complete and comply with the requirements of the Zoning
Bylaws and/or Subdivision Regulations will receive the fastest review.
What are the Planning Board's fees?
Fees are as follows (effective October 2012):
|1. Approval Not Required Plans
||$100 plus $50 per lot
|2. Multi-Dwelling Projects
||$750 for Site Plan Review plus any applicable subdivision
|3. Preliminary Subdivision Plans
||$150 plus $30 per lot
|4. Definitive Subdivision Plans
- Without Preliminary Plans
|$375 plus $100 per lot
$625 plus $200 per lot
|5. Flexible Development Subdivision Special Permit
|6. Site Plan Review
|7. Roadway Inspection
||Per Planning Board Engineering Charge
|8. Common Driveway Special Permit
|9. Sign Special Permits
|10. Advertising Fee
||Cost of Legal Ad
|11. Zoning Bylaw
$5 - small; $30 - large
|12. Subdivision Rules & Regulations
|13. Telecommunications Tower and Special Permit
||$2500 plus $375 Annual Administration Fee
|14. Senior Living Development Special Permit
||$750 plus $160 per unit
|15. Reduced Frontage Lot Special Permit
|16. Business Enterprise Park Special Permit
||$1250 plus $500 per structure
|17. Scenic Road Special Permit
Which roads in Town are designated Scenic Roads?
The following roads are Scenic Roads:
- Buteau Road
- Cemetery Road
- Gould Road
- Horne Homestead Road
- Jones Road
- McIntyre Road
- North Sturbridge Road
- Smith Road
- Tucker Road
- Wheelock Road
Wed., Jan. 25, 2017:
Please join the Charlton Planning Board on Wed., January 25, 2017 at 6:45 p.m. in the Charlton Senior Center for a Visioning Workshop specific to the future redevelopment of the Trolley Crossing Business neighborhood. Download Notice
Notice: Revised Zoning By-Law Now Available
Sunset City Documents:
Charlton Project Guide
CMRPC C-13 Prioritization Project. Click here to read about the project or visit
Permitting Guidebook 2012
Nov. 1, 2011: Revised Subdivision Rules & Regulations Announcement
Forms and Documents
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