DUE TO LEGAL TIME REQUIREMENTS, PLANS ARE ACCEPTED BY APPOINTMENT ONLY TO THE PLANNING DIRECTOR.
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 Director via phone or email by the Wednesday previous to a scheduled meeting.
Certified copies of the Subdivisions Regulations may be purchased at the Planning Board office or the Town Clerk's Office.
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.
These requirements differ by zoning districts, as follows:
|Zoning District||Min. Lot Area Sq. Ft.||Min. Lot Width & Contiguous Street Frontage Feet||Min. Front Yard Feet||Min. Side Yard Feet||Min. Rear Yard Feet|
|Low Density Residential R-40||40,000||150||30||15||15|
|Residential Small Enterprise R-SE||40,000||150||30||15||15|
|Neighborhood Business NB||20,000||100||40||15||15|
|Community Business CB||40,000||150||40||15||15|
|Business Enterprise Park BEP*||80,000||260||50||50||50|
|Industrial General IG**||40,000||150||40||35||35|
The maximum height of a primary structure in all districts is 36 feet.
*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 details.
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.
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.
Fees are as follows (effective May 2019):
|1. Approval Not Required Plans||$100 plus $50 per lot|
|2. Multi-Dwelling Projects||$750 for Site Plan Review plus any applicable subdivision plan fees|
|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||$750|
|6. Site Plan Review||$750|
|7. Peer Review||$2,000 Escrow Payment at submittal for all Residential site plans/special permits.|
$4,000 Escrow Payment at submittal for all Commercial/Industrial site plans/special permits.
|8. Inspection Fee||Depending upon actual amount per inspection based upon Graves Engineering actual cost.|
|9. Common Driveway Special Permit||$750|
|10. Sign Special Permits||$750|
|11. Advertising Fee||Cost of Legal Ad|
|12. Zoning Bylaw|
$5 - small; $30 - large
|13. Subdivision Rules & Regulations||$10|
|14. TelecommunicationsTower and Special Permit||$2500 plus $375 Annual Administration Fee|
|15. Senior Living Development Special Permit||$750 plus $160 per unit|
|16. Reduced Frontage Lot Special Permit||$750|
|17. Business Enterprise Park Special Permit||$1250 plus $500 per structure|
|18. Scenic Road Special Permit||$750|
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
Planning Board Members
ELECTED BOARD MEMBERS
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.
Agendas & Minutes
Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
Mon-Thu 7:30 AM-5:00 PM