Planning Board

Please note that our submission protocols have changed. All application materials should first be e-mailed to planning@worcesterma.gov for staff review to ensure completeness and accuracy prior to delivery of the original in hardcopy. 15 hardcopies are no longer required. Please contact our office prior to submission with questions.

The Planning Board's responsibilities include reviewing site plans, parking plans and subdivision plans; proposing and making recommendations regarding zoning ordinance changes; and supporting long-range planning initiatives.

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Meetings

Meet 1 - 2 times per month on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m.

Please review the Meeting Schedule for meeting dates and application deadlines.

Date/Time of Next Meeting: Wednesday February 28th, 2024

ACCESSORY DWELLING UNIT ORDINANCE INFORMATION

AMENDMENT TO THE WORCESTER SUBDIVISION REGULATIONS

PB-2023-096 - 24 SIMONE STREET (DSP)

PB-2023-097 - BROOKLINE STREET EXTENSION (D-SUB)

PB-2024-004 - 0 MYRICK AVENUE (81G, DSP)

PB-2024-005 - 37 & 60 GREAT BROOK VALLEY AVENUE, 67 & 69 TACOMA STREET (MTOB, DSP, SP)

PB-2024-008 - 139 & 153 GREEN STREET (PSP EOT)

PB-2024-009 - 51 HARDING STREET (SP)

PB-2024-010 - 561 PLANTATION STREET (DSP)

PB-2024-012 - 631 FRANKLIN STREET (DSP)

ST-2023-011 - POWERS COURT (REMOVE FROM OFFICIAL MAP - PRIVATE)

ST-2024-001 - PASSWAY ONE (CONVERT TO PUBLIC)

Applications

The Planning Board's policy regarding receipt of complete applications and procedures for receipt of revisions as well as postponements and continuations has recently changed. Please refer to our Application Review Policy or contact Planning Division staff for more information.

Please note that a digital copy of all applications, plans and materials must be submitted as a PDF file to planning@worcesterma.gov. Please refer to applicable instructions for additional details.

Approval Not Required (ANR) Plan • Apply Now!

The division of a tract of land into two (2) or more lots shall not be deemed to constitute a subdivision within the meaning of the Subdivision Control Law if, at any time when it is made, every lot within the tract so divided has frontage and access on:

  • A public way or a way which the City Clerk certifies is maintained and used as a public way; or
  • A way shown on a plan therefore approved and endorsed in accordance with the Subdivision Control Law; or
  • A way in existence on June 26, 1939 when the Subdivision Control Law became effective in the City of Worcester.

Application Requirements:

  • Mylar of ANR Plan Reflecting any Revisions Requested by Staff
  • Two (2) Signed Application Forms
  • Check for the Application Fee Payable to City of Worcester
  • Proof of Building Age (If Using the MGL Chapter 41, 81L Exemption)

New/Change Street Numbering - Change of Address Request • Apply Now!

The Street Numbering - Change of Address Request process is to be used whenever a proposed new structure or sub address does not have an address. It can also be used if a change of address is needed. This could be for development on a vacant property, the addition of another structure to an existing property or the addition or reconfiguration of interior spaces.

Application Requirements:

  • Recorded Plan with the Properties Requiring an Address Clearly Marked (If There is a Current Address)
  • Proposed Plot Plan (If No Current Address)
  • Proposed Building and Suite Layout (If Request Includes Unit Level Numbering)
  • Approved Subdivision Plan (If Parcel is Part of a Subdivision)
  • Approval Letter from Director of Engineering, and Recorded Easement (If Structure will be Serviced via Long Connection)
  • Approved Plan and Agreement with Associated Performance Security (If Structure will be Serviced by Extending Existing Sewer Main to Frontage of Property)

Rules & Regulations

Resources

For information on all city permits, licenses and fees, visit Permit Center

Contact Information

Planning & Regulatory Services
City Hall Room 404
455 Main Street
Worcester, MA 01608

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Phone: 508-799-1400
Fax: 508-799-1406
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