DHCD Zoning & Land Use Regulations

The Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) has recently updated its Zoning and Land Use Resources website. Resources on the site, including annotated versions of The Zoning Act and Municipal Planning & Subdivision Control Law and The ANR Handbook (Approval not Required Plan), will aid planning boards, zoning boards of appeals, other municipal officials, and interested residents in the area of zoning and land use. These publications are intended only for informational and reference purposes. When a question of legal interpretation arises, local officials should always seek the advice of their municipal counsel. Topics within the website include: ·

  • Overview of the Subdivision Control Law
  • The Zoning Act
  • Adopting Amending Zoning Bylaws
  • Decision Making Requirements of the Zoning Act
  • Grandfathered Lots and Plan Protection
  • Nonconforming Structures and Uses
  • Procedural Requirements of the Subdivision Control Law
  • The ANR Handbook (Approval Not Required Plans)
  • Municipal Planning and Subdivision Legislation

For additional information, please call Elaine Wijnja of DHCD at 617-573-1360. For more info, see: http://www.mass.gov/hed/community/planning/