Welcome to the Stow Planning Board Webpage
The Stow Planning Board is a five member elected board with one appointed voting associate member, the Stow Planning Board has specific statutory requirements. The Board reviews and approves the division of land under the State Subdivision Control Law (MGL. Ch. 41) and the Stow Subdivision Rules and Regulations; serves as a special permit granting authority under the State Zoning Act (MGL. Ch. 40A) and the Stow Zoning Bylaw; and guides the process of Zoning Bylaw amendments under the State Zoning Act (MGL. Ch. 40A). Members are elected to five-year terms except for associate members, who are appointed yearly.
Under State Law, the Board is charged with the responsibility of protecting the health, safety and welfare of Stow's residents. Guided by the General Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Stow Zoning Bylaw, the 2010 Stow Master Plan and citizen's comments and concerns, the Board strives to preserve and enhance the integrity of Stow's character through the use of these regulatory tools, while safeguarding property owners' rights. The Board recommends and specifies changes to development proposals to achieve these goals. Board members and staff strive to work with both project proponents and citizens to help shape projects so as to minimize the impact to the community.
The Final Reports for the UMASS Gleasondale Village Revitalization Project are now available!
Stow's Historic Lower Village is the easternmost gateway to Stow, the site of the Town's historic Lower Common and the main business district serving Stow area and regional residents. The Planning Department has been focused on the revitalization of Lower Village for many years. However, lately those efforts have begun to pay off.
A vote at the May 2014 Annual Town Meeting officially adopted the Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate maps for Stow. On July 7th, FEMA will officially certify the new maps. A set of these maps has been delivered to Stow’s Planning Department and are available for viewing on third floor of the Town Building.. Visit the Stow Planning Blog for more detailed information .
The Stow Planning Department Blog is now Online! Keep updated with the latest information on current developments and project. And please don't hesitate to ask questions or provide feedback. Simply leave a comment at the bottom of the page!
MINUTEMAN ADVISORY GROUP ON INTERLOCAL COORDINATION (MAGIC)
Stow is a part of the Minuteman Advisory Group on Interlocal Coordination (MAGIC), which is a group comprised of thirteen communities (Acton, Bedford, Bolton, Boxborough, Carlisle, Concord, Hudson, Lexington, Lincoln, Littleton, Maynard, Stow and Sudbury) working collaboratively on issues of regional concern related to transportation, the environment, energy, open space, affordable housing, economic and community development, and legislative issues.
METRO BOSTON SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES PLACE-BASED GRANT PROJECT
MAPC applied for funding to assist several groups of communities including the Town of Stow, Hudson, Maynard and Marlborough in advancing pedestrian and bicycle planning to create local networks for safe non-vehicle travel. This planning initiative will be conducted over the spring, summer and fall of 2012 at no cost to the municipality. As of October this project is one of 11 that has advanced to the preliminary approval phase and is pending successful negotiation of a final scope of work and budget.
ASSABET RIVER RAIL TRAIL (ARRT)
Click on the link below to see a map showing the outline of the Track Road property that the Town acquired as an easement
Map created by ARRT inc.
CHOOSING A GREENER WAY TO TRAVEL
MassRides has provided a website that allows commuters to find public transit options by inputting their start location and end location, as well as time of commute. Log onto http://commute.com/ to find an alternative route to work!
Last updated 04/25/12