Interdepartmental Review Team (IRT) meetings are regularly scheduled pre-development consultations, held virtually, that are offered free of charge. IRT meetings are designed to assist developers and landowners in the pre-development stages of potential and proposed projects with questions relating to permitting processes, zoning compliance, engineering standards and land use policy considerations. Meetings are available by appointment to anyone with a proposed development, large or small, residential, commercial, institutional or industrial at any stage of the development.
To schedule an IRT meeting, you need to have a specific address and proposal, along with at least preliminary site plans.
Note: These informative but informal meetings and are not a substitute for any required administrative reviews or necessary Board/Commission approval.
Common reasons for scheduling an IRT meeting may include, but are not limited to the following:
The key review staff members present at the meetings review submitted plans and regularly advise Boards/Commissions (Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals, Conservation Commission, Historic Commission and the License Commission) on issues such as drainage, utility connections, proximity to wetlands, compliance with Zoning Ordinance's dimensional requirements, landscaping, parking requirements and more. Representative generally include staff from Planning, Building & Zoning, Conservation, Historical, Housing, Fire, DPW, Transportation and Engineering. Site search assistance may be available for certain projects/ businesses through the Economic Development Department.
Attendees are welcome to bring engineers, architects, attorneys, etc. to discuss the proposal. The more detailed the plans, renderings and project concept, and the more specific the questions, the more responsive and helpful staff can be. Staff recommends including the following in your application:
To schedule an IRT meeting, contact Planning & Regulatory Services Division (DPRS) at City Hall, 445 Main Street, Room 404 or by calling 508-799-1400 ext. 31440 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.