How often does the Planning Board meet, and what should I expect at the public hearing?

The Planning Board regularly meets on two Mondays each month, except for July, August, and December where typically only one meeting is held.

The notice you received in the mail tells you when and where the public hearing is scheduled. It is also published in the legal notice section of the Tewksbury edition of the Town Crier.

At the first hearing, the applicant will present plans and explain the proposal to the Planning Board. The Board will ask questions, generally where clarification is needed. There will be an opportunity for those in the audience to ask questions or offer opinions. Comments may also be submitted in writing to the Planning Board prior to the hearing. Any correspondence should be emailed to alowder@tewksbury-ma.gov or mailed to the attention of the Planning Board at the Town Offices.

Since the Board often hears several projects in an evening, hearings last a specified period of time. At the end of this time, the hearing may be either closed or continued to a future meeting.

Occasionally, for simple projects, hearings can be completed in one night and are closed; meaning that no further testimony is taken. More often, hearings will be continued with direction given by the Board to the applicant on revisions to the plans or information that is needed. Continued hearings may be several weeks or months in the future depending on how long it takes the applicant to gather the required information and the Board's workload.

Occasionally the hearing process is delayed due to weather, the absence of a Board member or at the applicant's request. To verify that a hearing is being held on a scheduled date, you can call the Community Development Office on the day of the hearing at 978-640-4370.

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1. What is the Planning Board?
2. Why did I receive a notice in the mail from the Planning Board?
3. How can I find out more about a proposed project that is before the Planning Board?
4. How often does the Planning Board meet, and what should I expect at the public hearing?
5. How do I get in touch with the Planning Board to make my concerns known if I cannot attend the Planning Board meeting?
6. Why didn't the Planning Board respond to my email or letter?
7. What happens after a public hearing is closed?
8. Will I be notified of the decision of the Planning Board?