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The Planning Board addresses issues such as the division of land, subdivision control, zoning and long term growth. The Planning Board reviews all subdivision plans for compliance with zoning and subdivision requirements.

Find out the latest from the Planning Board

Latest News:

  • NRPZ Informational Meeting on April 18, 2023 at 7pm.
  • Zoning amendments Public Hearing on April 12, 2023.


March 22, 2023 Meeting

The Planning Board meet on March 22, 2023 at 7:00 pm via video conference.


  • Approve minutes of February 22 and March 7, 2023.
  • ANR, if any
  • Building Permit, if any
  • Debrief NRPZ Information presentation – any recommendations?
  • Discuss Town Counsel recommendations on Zoning Articles.
  • Discuss and vote on applying for Mass Housing Partnership 3A TA grant to address next steps for Ashby’s action plan for MBTA Communities compliance.
  • New date for Public Hearing set for April 12.
  • Review Draft PB comments on Class II Motor Vehicle License.
  • Items not anticipated by the Chair.


April 12, 2023, beginning at 7:15pm – Hearing Notice
Municipal Signage Residential District,
Municipal Signage Residential Agricultural District,
Natural Resource Protection Zoning,
Rural Siting Principles

Concluded hearings

Video Conference Access

  • Online: Join Zoom Meeting
  • By phone (Dial by your location):
    • +1 646 558 8656 US (New York)
    • +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
    • +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose)
  • Meeting ID: 876 0964 1256
  • Password: 983732

General Instructions for Remote Access


Procedure for Applications

  • All applications and plans that require a signature must be submitted by mail or delivery to the Town Clerk. If you are sending rolled plans that will not fit in a mail box it is best to mail them by certified mail to assure they picked up at the Post Office and not left by the mail box. All mailings should be done to the Town Clerk, 895 Main St., Ashby, MA 01431, attention Planning Board.
  • All applications and plans must must include an electronic copy of all pages in a commonly used file format such as pdf, docx, rtf, gdoc, jpeg, xlsx, etc. in addition to the paper format. The electronic files may be submitted on cd, thumb drive or by email to the Town Clerk,
  • Applications and plans must include the fee, if applicable, and a return address.
  • Unless your application involves a hearing it will be taken up at the next regular meeting following receipt.
  • Questions regarding a proposed plan can be submitted by email. Include an electronic copy of the referenced plan.
  • You are encouraged to attend the telephone/video conference meeting in which you application will be taken up in order to address any questions that may arise.

Thank you for your cooperation. If you have questions call or email the contacts in the side bar.

Approval Not Required (ANR)
If you wish to divide your land into two or more parcels you are probably going need us to sign an ANR plan.

Subdivision Control
If you wish to divide your land into a number of building lots but don’t have enough road frontage you will probably come under Subdivision Control.

Special Permit
Application for a Special Permit granted by the Planning Board. Application for a hearing. The application fee is $200.

Site Plan Review
Site Plan Review is required for certain commercial development or expansion of existing commercial facilities. Site Plan Rules and Regulations. Application for a hearing.

Driveway Regulations
A driveway permit is required for all new driveway connections to a road. Driveway Permit Application

Proposed Zoning Amendments

Natural Resource Protection Zoning

Industrial District

Municipal Signage Residential District (Library)

Municipal Signage Residential Agricultural (Public Safety Building)

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