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The Dover Planning Board will be holding a public meeting with our consultant on Saturday, December 10 at 9 am to continue our initiative to create a cohesive vision of our Village Center. In 2021 a survey was sent to Dover’s residents and in early 2022 the results were shared. This information can be found at We are now proceeding with the next step of obtaining further input which will be used to develop Zoning Bylaws for the May 1, 2023 Town Meeting that will help ensure that development is complimentary to the character of the town and of maximum benefit to residents.

Dover Village Center Rezoning Zoning Map of Dover, MA town centerInitiative Design Workshop

Saturday, Dec.10, 2022

Location:      Dover Library Community Room: 56 Dedham St., Dover, MA 

Time:          9:00 AM- 12:30 PM, Saturday, December 10, 2022 


9:00 AM

Welcome - Carol Lisbon, Chair, Planning Board

Introduction to the Project - Ted Brovitz, Consultant  

9:20 PM     Large Group Discussion

  • Groups identify key issues and opportunities (using maps and notepads).
  • Facilitated discussion to identify top issues to be addressed and opportunities to be pursued.

10:15 AM     Small Group Design Exercise

Participants divide into two groups to develop alternatives for the future of the district.  One group will explore redevelopment scenarios at a broad scale, while the second will focus on key areas and design themes. The groups will switch half-way through so all participants have the same opportunities to shape the vision for the village center.

Village Center Development & Design Vision (45 minutes)

Using a 1”=100’ scale base map of the Village Center, participants will continue the discussion:  

  • What buildings, sites or other features need to be protected?
  • Where are opportunities for adaptive reuse, infill development, new development?
  • What improvements are needed to the streetscape, parks, and other public amenities?
  • How should the village center connect with surrounding open space and trail networks?

Strategies for Streetscapes, Architecture and Public Spaces (45 minutes).

Participants look more closely at key sites to explore opportunities for building redevelopment and infill, design of streetscapes, parking placement, landscape and screening, etc.  This could also include more focused discussion of architectural design preferences, sustainability, housing needs and other themes.

11:45 PM    Group Reports and Discussion

Facilitators, with assistance from local participants, present the results from each of the four stations.  Participants work to define consensus on potential district boundaries, distribution of land uses, access & parking, preferred building types, streetscape treatment and design standards.

 12:30 PM    Wrap up 

Pre Registration is requested, but not required.

Please RSVP by December 8th by contacting either of the following:

Laura Harbottle, Interim Town Planner - / 508-785-0032 X240

Ted Brovitz, Brovitz Community Planning & Design - / 508-737-4402

Click here for a printable agenda

General Updates: 

To see the recently completed Housing Production Plan, please go here

For more information on the Village Center Visioning, please go here.

To see the Draft Hazard Mitigation Plan, please go here.

For more information on the Red Robin application, please go here.

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The Planning Board is charged with broad statutory responsibilities under M.G.L. c. 41 s. 81- A/D to guide the physical growth and development of Dover in a coordinated and comprehensive manner. More specifically, the Board is legally mandated to carry out certain provisions of the Subdivision Control Law (M.G.L., c. 41, s. 81K-81GG) and of the Zoning Act (M.G.L., c. 40A).

The legal responsibilities of the Planning Board are found at the local level in the subdivision regulations of the Planning Board and in the town’s zoning by-laws.


The Planning Board’s primary responsibilities include:

Dover Town Code Description of Responsibilities

A. There shall be a 5-member Planning Board elected on a rotating basis of 1 member each year for a 5-year term. The Planning Board’s duties and authority shall include, but shall not be limited to, those specified in Massachusetts General Laws (MGL) Chapter 41, Section 81A et seq.

B. An associate member of the Planning Board shall be elected at the Annual Town Election for a two-year term. Any vacancy in the position shall be filled in accordance with the procedure prescribed in Chapter 41, Section 81A, of the Massachusetts General Laws. The Chairman of the Planning Board, when acting as special permit granting authority, may designate the associate member to sit on this Board for the purposes of acting on a Special Permit application in the case of the absence, inability to act, or conflict of interest on the part of any member of the Planning Board or in the event of a vacancy on this board.

View the full Dover Town Code.