Planning and Community Development

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Contact:
                 Ruben Flores-Marzan, AICP
                 Director of Planning & Community Development
                 Judi Mosso, MPA
                Assistant to the Director
Address: 126 Main Street, Ware, MA 01082
Phone: 413.967.9648 x186
Fax: 413.967.9642

Duties & Responsibilities:
The Planning and Community Development department is responsible for performing studies and preparing plans related to land use and development of the town, (including the Master Plan); to draft regulations which carry out those plans, and to administer said regulations (see the CD page for more on those efforts). The department includes, among others, the Planning Board and the Zoning Board of Appeals. These boards receive support from the Director, Ruben Flores-Marzan and from the Assistant to the Director, Judi Mosso.

Planning Board
Name                               Title                            Term Expiration
Rick Starodoj                 Chairperson               2021
Chris DiMarzio             Vice-Chair                  2019
Joseph Knight                Member                      2017
Fred Urban                    Member                      2020
David Kopacz                Member                      2018
vacancy                          Alternate Member      n/a

2017 Planning Board meeting dates and deadlines.

Zoning Board of Appeals
Name                                   Title                        Term Expires June 30
Lewis Iadarola                    Chairman               2018
Phil Hamel                                                           2017

Chuck Dowd                                                        2017
Greg Eaton                                                           2017
vacant                                  Click here for vacancy information
David Skoczylas                 (Alternate)               2018
George Staiti                       (Alternate)               2019

2017 Zoning Board of Appeals meeting dates and deadlines.

The Planning Board is responsible for the administration of the Subdivision Regulations under the purview of MGL c 41 §81 K to GG as well as all site plan applications and most of the special permits required under the Zoning Bylaws. The Board is responsible for creating and updating the town’s master plan; and they usually take the lead in updating the zoning bylaw as well. The Board also participates in other planning activities in the town, such as the Open Space & Recreation Plan, redevelopment planning, and neighborhood planning. Finally, the Board provides advice on the development of the town or specific proposals when requested by other boards and commissions. The Planning Board meets on the first and third Wednesday of every month at 7:00 pm in the Selectmens' Meeting Room at Ware Town Hall.

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The Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) is a quasi-judicial body which operates under the authority of Chapter 40A of the General Laws of the Commonwealth for the purpose of promoting the health, safety, convenience and general welfare of the Town of Ware. The ZBA reviews requests for variances submitted by applicants who want an exemption to the local zoning bylaw in order to use their land in a particular way. The ZBA may be asked to review requests submitted by residents or business owners who are aggrieved by a decision of the Building Inspector or the Planning Board. The ZBA reviews requests for Comprehensive Permits submitted under Chapter 40B by developers who wish to create affordable housing. The Zoning Board of Appeals meets when necessary on the third Wednesday of every month at 7:00 pm in the Selectmens' Meeting Room at Ware Town Hall.