Welcome to the homepage of Maynard’s Planning Division. We are working hard to keep Maynard a community where you can enjoy the very best of New England town living while still enjoying an easy Metropolitan connection!
Maynard is committed to planning for a future that will keep Maynard a premier community for today, for tomorrow and for a lifetime.
|Address:||195 Main Street
Maynard, MA 01754
|Hours:||Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 8am to 4pm
Tuesdays: 8am to 7pm
|Planning Director:||Bill Nemser, AICP, LEED AP
|Assistant Town Planner:||Kaitlin Young
ATTENTION OFFICE OF MUNICIPAL SERVICES (OMS) APPLICANTS
Due to COVID-19/CORONAVIRUS, OMS is only accepting Planning Board, Zoning Board, and Conservation Commission applications via surface mail or email until further notice.
- Applications, including all materials and fees, should be sent surface mail to Office of Municipal Services, 195 Main Street, Maynard, MA. 01754. For submittals via email, applications and all materials should be sent to OMS@townofmaynard.net. Applications will not be considered officially submitted until deemed “complete” by the OMS staff. If deemed complete, applications will be stamped in by the Clerk and the applicants notified of hearing/meeting date by OMS staff. If incomplete, applicants will be contacted by OMS staff and provided with any necessary guidance on preparation of a re-submittal package.
- Payments for applications submitted electronically, must be received before an item is heard by the reviewing entity.
- All payments must be made by check to “Town of Maynard”.
- Abutter’s mailing lists can be requested online from the Property Assessor and can be delivered internally from the assessor to the Office of Municipal Services.
For further questions please contact: Bnemser@townofmaynard.net
About the Planning Board and Planning Division
The Planning Board both enforces and submits revisions of the Maynard Zoning By-Laws to Town Meeting for approval. The Planning Division of the Office of Municipal Services is here to assist you in viewing records, submitting applications, obtaining information, or scheduling an appointment. All necessary Planning Board forms are available at the office and the Town Clerk (Hearing application forms are in the Forms section below.)
Zoning Board of Appeals
The Planning Division also supports the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA).
Planning Board Meetings and Hearings
The Planning Board meets on a regular basis on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at the Town Hall. We encourage citizens of the town to to attend our meetings and public hearings. The input from citizens is recognized and greatly appreciated.
Hearing Schedule and Filing Deadlines
Planning Board to Resume Public Hearings on May 26, 2020
The Planning Board Chair has determined public hearings will resume remotely. All previously continued public hearings are hereby scheduled for the May 26, 2020 meeting. If desired, applicants may request an additional continuance to a future date at the May 26 meeting.
On April 28, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the Governor’s restriction on public gatherings, the Planning Board suspended and continued all public hearings. The Chair and board were concerned that adequate public participation was not possible utilizing remote technology.
After several adjustments and the successful implementation of remote video and audio, the Chair believes the Planning Board can ensure adequate public participation.
The Chair has directed the following conditions must be met for a public hearing to go forward remotely:
- Applicants must consent to digital hearings in writing. They also have the right to continue their hearing until they can be held in person, without prejudice.
- The Planning Board will appoint a digital moderator, who will make sure that appropriate documents are shown on the screen during the hearing.
- All documents for Public Hearings will be available online to the public at least one (1) week before hearing on Board Docs.
- Physical copies of hearing materials shall be made available to all Board Members at their request through the Office of Municipal Services.
If you have further questions please contact via email at firstname.lastname@example.org (Planning Director) or email@example.com (Conservation Agent/Assistant Planner) or leave a voicemail at 978-897-1302.
We appreciate your patience in this most unusual and ever evolving situation.
Applications for Preliminary Subdivisions and Approval Not Required (ANRs) are due two weeks prior to a regularly scheduled meeting; based on Agenda availability. Please file applications for Special Permits, Site Plan Review, and Definitive Subdivision approvals in the Planning Office according to the following timelines (click to expand):
View the 2020 Planning and ZBA Hearing Schedules and Deadlines
|Zoning Board Date||Planning Board Date||Time||Application Deadlines|
|–||January 14, 2020||7:00 PM||December 17, 2019|
|January 27, 2020||–||7:00 PM||December 23, 2019|
|–||February 11, 2020||7:00 PM||January 7, 2020|
|February 24, 2020||–||7:00 PM||January 20, 2020|
|–||March 10, 2020||7:00 PM||February 4, 2020|
|March 23, 2020||–||7:00 PM||February 24, 2020|
|–||April 14, 2020||7:00 PM||March 10, 2020|
|April 27, 2020||–||7:00 PM||March 23, 2020|
|–||May 12, 2020||7:00 PM||April 7, 2020|
|**May 18, 2020||–||7:00 PM||April 13, 2020|
|–||June 9, 2020||7:00 PM||May 5, 2020|
|June 22, 2020||–||7:00 PM||May 18, 2020|
|–||July 14, 2020||7:00 PM||June 9, 2020|
|July 27, 2020||–||7:00 PM||June 22, 2018|
|–||August 11, 2020||7:00 PM||July 7, 2020|
|August 24, 2020||–||7:00 PM||July 20, 2020|
|–||September 8, 2020||7:00 PM||August 4, 2020|
|September 21, 2020||–||7:00 PM||August 17, 2020|
|–||October 13, 2020||7:00 PM||September 8, 2020|
|October 26, 2020||–||7:00 PM||September 21, 2020|
|–||November 10, 2020||7:00 PM||October 6, 2020|
|November 23, 2020||–||7:00 PM||October 19, 2020|
|–||December 8, 2020||7:00 PM||November 10, 2020|
|December 28, 2020||–||7:00 PM||November 23, 2020|
- A second meeting of the month may be added for continued applications.
- All dates subject to change.
- All meetings at Town Hall unless otherwise noted.
- All items required for a complete application must be submitted by 12:00 PM on the deadline day (10:00 AM on a Friday). No exceptions.
- Listed date represents the soonest an application may be heard by the Planning Board. Please note: submitting by the listed deadline date may not secure a place on the desired agenda. Agenda length or other circumstances may affect placement. All applications are reviewed on a first submittal basis and will be reviewed within the statutory time requirements.
- Any revised plans or additional submittals must be submitted to the OMS Office and peer reviewer 10 days prior to a scheduled meeting.
** These Zoning Board dates have been moved up a week due to holiday schedules.
Planning Board Members
A master plan is a comprehensive long range plan intended to guide growth and development of a community. A key intent of the document is to ensure decision-making considers both the long-term effects of an action and is consistent with an over-all vision created by the community. It provides a foundation that can help protect a community from reactionary actions. The Maynard Master Plan was adopted by the Planning Board, endorsed by the Board of Selectmen in 2020 and accepted by the voters at the Town Meeting of October 3, 2020. For more information on the Master Plan, please click here.
The Maynard Advantage
To learn more about the “Maynard Advantage” contact Planning Director Bill Nemser.
The Maynard Advantage video was produced by WAVM (Maynard High School).
Planning, Zoning, Rock and Rolling Radio Show
Who said planning and zoning has to be bureaucratic, monochromatic, asthmatic, systematic, autocratic or dull? Well it isn’t…at least for one hour!
Join Maynard Planning Director Bill Nemser as he fills you in on all the latest planning related news, discusses place-making trends in the Metrowest Region and presents an assortment of exciting guests all the while weaving it all into an eclectic musical tapestry of hits, misses and classics from all genres! And best of all, the infamous “Think You Know Maynard?” trivia game!
Season SIX can be heard monthly on the 4th Tuesday at 4pm on WAVM 91.7FM or online at http://wavm.org/listen-live/
Missed an episode? Don’t worry… Check out our archive at WAVM.
Forms and Fees
- Preparing a Successful Application for the Planning Board (READ THIS FIRST!)
- Planning Board / ZBA Hearing Schedule and Filing Deadlines
- Zoning Board of Appeals Hearing Application
- Planning Board Schedule of Fees
- Planning Board Site Plan Application
- Planning Board Special Permit Application
- Planning Board Sign Special Permit Application
- Planning Board Subdivision Planning Forms
- Form A: Application for Endorsement of Plan Believed Not to Require Approval
- Form B: Application for Approval of a Preliminary Plan
- Form C: Application for Approval of Definitive Plan
- Form D: Designer’s Certificate
- Form E: Certified List of Abutters
- Form F: Performance Bond Surety Company
- Form G: Performance Bond Secured by Deposit
- Form H: Performance Bond Secured by Bank Passbook
- Form I: Sample Covenant
- Form J: Release Form
- Form K: Conveyance of Easements and Utilities
- Maynard Business Guide
- Community Development Principles
- Master Plan
- Chapter 40B Subsidized Housing Inventory (from Department of Housing and Community Development, April 2020)
- Naylor Court Technical Assistance Panel
- Maynard Downtown Parking Analysis (by MAPC, Jan 2018, pdf, 12MB)
- Town of Maynard Protective Zoning By-Laws (revised May 2019)
- Subdivision of Land – Rules and Regulations (revised 2007)
- Town of Maynard Zoning Map (revised 2018)
- Downtown Overlay Zoning District Map (2007)
- Water Supply Protection District Map (2017)
- Planning Board Rules and Regulations including Site Plan Review Standards (2018)
- Planning Board Landscape Regulations (2015)
- 495/MetroWest Development Compact Plan (2012)
- Guide to Historic Preservation in Maynard (2016)
- Marijuana Commerce Information
- Maynard Property Lookup Service
- American Planning Association
- Massachusetts Chapter of the American Planning Association
- Metropolitan Area Planning Council
- Minuteman Advisory Group on Interlocal Coordination (MAGIC)
- Massachusetts Land Records
- Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development
- National Complete Streets Coalition
- U.S. Green Building Council
These are documents from past Planning Board engagements.
Special Town Meeting - Oct 2011
Documents related to Special Town Meeting held 26-Oct-2011:
- DRAFT Preliminary Traffic Assessment of Clock Tower Place Rezoning
- DRAFT Public School Impact Estimate – Clock Tower Place
- Proposed changes to Article 3 (19-Oct Draft)
- DRAFT Development Agreement with Clock Tower Place (rev 3, 18-Oct)
- Preliminary Traffic Assessment of Clock Tower Place Rezoning (19-Oct)
- Clock Tower Place Agreement – Exhibit B (20-Oct)
- Clock Tower Place Financial Impact Analysis (24-Oct)
- DRAFT Development Agreement with Clock Tower Place (rev 4, 23-Oct)
- Article Changes (23-Oct)
- Clock Tower Table A (9-Sep-2011)
- Zoning Article Draft for Oct 26th Special Town Meeting (9-Sep-2011)
Projects and Programs
- 129 Parker Street Project
- Assabet River Rail Trail
- Business Environment Enhancement Program (BEEP)
- Housing Production Plan
- Marijuana Commerce Information
- Mill & Main Project (former Clock Tower Place, aka The Mill)
- Naylor Court (“Basin”) Technical Assistance Panel
- Powder Mill Road Corridor Study
- Veterans Memorial Park Redesign