Planning Board

Planning Board Vacancy

The Associate Member position is currently vacant. If you are interested in being appointed to complete the Associate Member's term (which expires in Spring 2022), please fill out Request for Appointment Application and submit it to the Board of Selectmen by mail or email Mona DiSciullo at

News and Updates

Stay up to date on the Housing Production Plan (HPP) here.

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

For more information on the Hazard Mitigation Plan, please go here.

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

October Meeting Schedule

10/12: Planning Board - Strategic Planning

10/18: Site Plan Cases

Footer Town of DoverRegular Meetings

  • 7:00 pm on Monday
  • Twice monthly
  • Check the Town Calendar for meeting dates and times.

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

View Most Recent Agendas and Minutes

Frequently Asked Questions

Please review our FAQs here as they provide answers to some of the most commonly asked questions regarding planning, property lines, zoning and more. 



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.

Land Use Director

The Land Use Director is responsible for overseeing land use and planning related activities in the Town of Dover. The Land Use Director serves as staff to the Planning Board, and as a liaison between the Board of Health, Conservation Commission, and Building Departments. In addition, the Land Use Director is responsible for a broad range of planning initiatives related to long-range planning, grantmaking activities, resiliency & sustainability, communications & public participation, and responsible growth management.