Planning and Zoning Commission
Paul Aho, Chair
Linda Painter, Director of Planning and Development
The nine-member Planning and Zoning Commission (PZC) is an elected body serving staggered six-year terms, with three members elected at-large every two years. Mansfield voters also elect three alternate members for two-year terms.
The PZC, which also serves as the Inland Wetland Agency (IWA) and the Aquifer Protection Agency, has statutory responsibility to guide and control commercial, industrial, residential and other forms of land use activity. In addition, the PZC has the legal responsibility to prepare a Plan of Conservation and Development for the town and to review all municipal improvement proposals including schools, roads and parks.
The PZC exercises controls over land use by dividing the town’s land into various residential, commercial, industrial and institutional zones and regulating, through Zoning and Subdivision Regulations, the nature of uses, structures and site improvements that can take place. Planning and Zoning standards and land use review processes take into consideration the Town’s natural, historic and cultural resources, potential traffic, environmental and neighborhood impacts, fiscal and legal considerations and other factors raised through the Town’s public review processes.
The PZC normally meets the first and third Monday of each month. Public hearings allow citizens to comment on all proposed changes to the Plan of Conservation and Development, the Zoning Map, Zoning and Subdivision regulations and special permit applications. Legal notices are published in a local newspaper prior to any public hearing. Citizens may also comment on proposed subdivisions and other land use applications. PZC members or any individual can initiate proposals for revisions to the Plan of Conservation and Development, Zoning map or land use regulations. The Director of Planning and Development and Zoning Agent provide primary staff services to the PZC.
Planning and Zoning / Inland Wetland Agency/Aquifer Protection Agency Members
Paul Aho, Chair
Roswell Hall, III
Kenneth Rawn, Vice Chair
Vera Stearns Ward, Secretary