Massachusetts General Law (MGL), Chapter 40A gives cities and towns authority to adopt ordinances and bylaws to regulate the use of land, buildings, and structures.

MGL, Chapter 40B permits a city or town to plan jointly with other cities or towns to promote development and prosperity within their area.  Sections 20-23 or Chapter 40B specifically deal with affordable housing.  Chapter 40B is also referred to as the "Anti-Snob Zoning Act" or the "Comprehensive Permit Statute."

MGL, Chapter 40R Encourages "smart growth" to preserve open space while increasing affordable housing.

Zoning and Land Use Resources

Town of Ware Zoning Bylaw (amended November, 2022) [MOST RECENT, PENDING ATTORNEY GENERAL REVIEW]

Interactive GIS Assessors Map

Zoning Brochures

Zoning Map