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Planning Board
Contact TypeContact Information
Town Planner
Assistant Planner/ GIS Administrator
Administrative Assistant
380 Great Road
Stow, MA 01775-2127
(978) 897-5098
(978) 897-2321

Planning Department:
Monday - Friday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Planning Board Meetings:
1st, 2nd, and 3rd Tuesdays at 7:00 PM unless otherwise posted

Planning Board Members
Term Expiration
Lori Clark - Chair
Margaret Costello
Ernest Dodd
Leonard Golder
Karen Kelleher
Mark Jones - Voting Associate Member
Kathy Sferra (Non-Voting Associate Member)
Greg Troxel (Non-Voting Associate Member
Jesse Steadman (MAGIC Representative/MAPC (Liaison)
Regional Committees
Minuteman Advisory Group on Interlocal Coordination (MAGIC) a subregion of MAPC
Jesse Steadman (Planning Board Representative)
Don Hawkes (Board of Selectmen Representative)
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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.

Regulatory Duties
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.

Application Schedule  (This schedule is for applications requiring public hearings- other requests may be scheduled sooner)

Application Filing Deadline (Friday)

Meeting Date (Tuesday)

July 14

August 8

July 21

August 15

July 28

August 22

Lower Village Planning Effort

Thank you to everyone who joined us at the Lower Village Traffic Improvement Project Forum on March 28, 2017.  For more information on the project, please see our answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

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 the Stow area and regional residents.  The Planning Department has focused on the revitalization of Lower Village for many years, and those efforts are paying off!

Check out the Results of the 2013  Lower Village Visual Preference Survey!

The Final Reports for the UMASS Gleasondale Village Revitalization Project are now available!  

A vote at the May 2014 Annual Town Meeting officially adopted the Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate maps for Stow.  On July 7th, 2014, 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.

Regional Planning

Through MAPC, 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.

For more information, visit their website:

MAPC was awarded 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. 

Transportation: Choosing a Greener Way to Travel
Last updated 05/26/2017

Stow Town Building 380 Great Road, Stow, MA 01775
Phone: (978) 897-4514 Fax: (978) 897-4534
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