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On November 18th, 2022, the Town of Ware Planning & Community Development Department will apply for a Brownfield Cleanup Grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Brownfields Program. The grant would provide funding for the cleanup of the former Ware Manufactured Gas Plant site located at 31 Monroe Street (Assessor’s Parcel 56-142-1) in Ware, Massachusetts.


A public meeting will be held on November 10, 2022 at 6:00pm in the Selectboard Meeting Room, Town Hall, 126 Main Street, Ware, MA to present the application and ABCA and to solicit input from the public, prior to submittal of the draft application on November 18, 2022. There will be an option to zoom into the meeting as well and instructions on how to access the remote participation platform are provided below and will be posted on the Town’s website or may be requested by contacting, Rob Watchilla, Director of Planning & Community Development at or 413-967-9648 ext.120.
Ad for Public Outreach Meeting
EPA Grant Criteria Response
EPA Cleanup Grant Narrative Information Sheet
EPA Cleanup Grant Application-Narrative Proposal

DRAFT- Analysis of Brownfields Cleanup Alternatives

Members of the public and/or parties with a right and/or requirement to attend this meeting, wishing to do so remotely, can access through one of the following ways:
• Enter this link into your web browser to open the Zoom website: Enter the meeting/webinar ID# 784 604 1861 as directed on the webpage and click “Join”. When asked for the meeting password, type in 01082. Follow the on-screen instructions to join the meeting.
• Participants can dial + 1 929 205 6099 to join the meeting. When prompted, enter meeting/webinar ID# 784 604 1861, password 01082, and follow the instructions to join the meeting.

                                   Contact the Planning & Community Development Department if you have questions or concerns

Department of Planning & Community Development
                 126 Main Street, Ware, MA 01082
                 (413) 967-9648 ext. 120
                 Rob Watchilla
                 Director of Planning & Community Development
      Kristen Jacobsen
      Administrative Assistant to the PCD Dept.

Beginning July 1, 2014, the Charter amendment (passed by Annual Town Meeting in 2013 and by ballot vote in April 2014), combined two departments creating the Planning & Community Development Department.

The Charter amendment specifically addresses the Community Development Authority: There shall be a Community Development Authority which shall consist of five (5) members. All members shall be appointed by the Board of Selectmen for terms of three (3) years each, with terms staggered. The Community Development Authority shall have the following powers and duties:

  • Oversee all CDBG grants awarded to the Town and other grants which were obtained through the Planning & Community Development Department;
  • Oversee loans provided to businesses from the Economic Development Fund;
  • Oversee loans provided to individuals through any other loan programs administered by the Planning & Community Development Department;
  • Determine which areas of the town constitute decadent, substandard, or blighted open areas as such terms are defined in MGL Chapter 121B, and prepare plans for the redevelopment of such areas;
  • Working with stakeholders, prepare plans and oversee implementation of strategies to revitalize the downtown and millyard areas;
  • Participate in general economic development projects; and Any other activities as needed to effectuate positive change in regard to community or economic development.
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. 

2022 Submittal Schedule
Special Permits, Major Site Plan Reviews, Approval Not Required (ANRs), Preliminary Subdivision Plans, Definitive Subdivisions, Non-Conforming Special Permits, Variances, and Appeals.

All application fees and fees associated with public records requests must be paid by check or money order. We are unable to accept cash.

Rules and Regulations of the Planning Board

Planning & Community Development Department News


The Community Development Authority (CDA) meets the second Monday of each month at 6:30pm in the Selectmen's Meeting Room at Ware Town Hall (please check postings for current dates and cancellations). 
          2022 meeting Dates HERE
          Meeting Agendas HERE
          Meeting Minutes & Supporting Documents HERE

The Planning Board meets on the first and third Thursday starting in 2020 of each month at 7:00 PM in the Selectmen's Meeting Room at Ware Town Hall (please check postings for current dates and cancellations).  
          2022 meeting Dates HERE
          Meeting Agendas HERE
          Meeting Minutes & Supporting Documents HERE

The Zoning Board of Appeals meets as needed, at 7:00 PM in the Selectmen's Meeting Room at Ware Town Hall (please check postings for current dates and cancellations).  
  Meeting Agendas HERE
          Meeting Minutes & Supporting Documents HERE

To attend public hearings virtually:
Click HERE
Meeting ID:
784 604 1861