Planning and ZBA Division

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
Phone: 978-897-1302
Fax: 978-897-8489
Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 8am to 4pm
Tuesdays: 8am to 7pm
Friday: 8am-noon
Planning Director: Bill Nemser, AICP, LEED AP
Assistant Town Planner: Kaitlin Young

Submitting Planning Board or
Zoning Board of Appeals Applications

  • Information on preparing applications contained here.
  • Links to all applications are contained at the bottom of this page.
  • 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.  Mailing lists are part of required application materials.
  • All payments must be made by check to “Town of Maynard”.
  • Applications, including all materials and fees (other than emailed applications) can be submitted:
    • In person to the OMS at Town Hall during normal business hours.
    • Via surface mail to OMS, 195 Main Street, Maynard, MA. 01754.
    • Via email to  Note: fees for applications submitted electronically, must be received before an item is scheduled for a Board meeting.
  • Applications will not be considered officially submitted until deemed “complete” by the OMS staff.  If deemed complete, applications will be date-stamped 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. Materials submitted after 2PM, Monday thru Thursday or after 10AM Friday, will not be processed for completeness until the next business day at the earliest.

For further questions please contact:


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

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 2021 Planning and ZBA Hearing Schedules and Deadlines

2021 Schedule

Zoning Board Date Planning Board Date Time Application Deadlines
January 12, 2021 7:00 PM December 15, 2020
January 25, 2021 7:00 PM December 18, 2020
February 9, 2021 7:00 PM January 12, 2021
February 22, 2021 7:00 PM January 26, 2021
March 9, 2021 7:00 PM February 9, 2021
March 22, 2021 7:00 PM February 22, 2021
April 13, 2021 7:00 PM March 16, 2021
April 26, 2021 7:00 PM March 29, 2021
May 11, 2021 7:00 PM April 13, 2021
May 24, 2021 7:00 PM April 26, 2021
June 8, 2021 7:00 PM May 11, 2021
June 28, 2021 7:00 PM June 1, 2021
July 13, 2021 7:00 PM June 15, 2021
July 26, 2021 7:00 PM June 28, 2018
August 10, 2021 7:00 PM July 13, 2021
August 23, 2021 7:00 PM July 26, 2021
September 14, 2021 7:00 PM August 17, 2021
September 27, 2021 7:00 PM August 30, 2021
October 12, 2021 7:00 PM September 14, 2021
October 25, 2021 7:00 PM September 27, 2021
November 9, 2021 7:00 PM October 12, 2021
November 22, 2021 7:00 PM October 25, 2021
December 14, 2021 7:00 PM November 16, 2021
December 27, 2021 7:00 PM November 29, 2021
  • 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. (n/a in 2021)

A printable copy of the 2021 schedule is also available.


Planning Board Members

Name Title TERM
Christopher Arsenault Chair 6/30/2023
Jim Coleman Vice-Chair 6/30/2023
Bill Cranshaw Member 6/30/2024
Natalie Robert Member 6/30/2022
Bob Brown Member 6/30/2024
Annette Garabedian Alternate 6/30/2022

Master Plan

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 Select Board 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.


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

Missed an episode?  Don’t worry…  Check out our archive at WAVM.


Forms and Fees




Projects and Programs