Update Due to the Coronavirus
While Town Hall is closed closed to the public the Planning Department staff will be working responding to emails and voicemails. Hardcopy correspondence must be mailed to the Planning Department, Hingham Town Hall, 210 Central Street, Hingham, MA 02043. Please email any questions to PlanningBoard@hingham-ma.gov. Documents can be scanned and emailed to staff but we recommend following up by mailing a hardcopy.
ALERT: Permit Applications
As of Friday, April 3, 2020, pursuant to Chapter 53 of the Acts of 2020, notwithstanding any general or special law, rule, regulation, charter, ordinance or by-law to the contrary, during the governor’s March 10, 2020 declaration of a state of emergency, the process for permit applications to permit granting authorities has been modified and timelines for permit application review have been extended.
Please refer to Permit Application Procedures (PDF) (Pursuant to Chapter 53 of the Acts of 2020] for application procedures in effect in the Town of Hingham during the state of emergency. Please note that all application submission requirements, including application fees, remain in full force and effect. All application submission questions should be directed by email to the applicable permit granting authority as set forth in the Permit Application Procedures.
|Kevin M. Ellis, Chairman
|Gary Tondorf-Dick, Clerk||2021|
|Gordon M. Carr||2022|
The establishment of municipal Planning Boards is authorized by Massachusetts General Law, chapter 41, section 81A. Among its many diverse roles, the Planning Board is charged with the following duties, paraphrased here from the Mass. General Law:
- Adopting a master plan and official map of the city or town
- Conducting studies, and, when necessary, preparing plans of the resources, possibilities and needs of the city or town for submittal to the Selectmen for their consideration
- Serving as the local authority for the Subdivision Control Act; adopting Rules and Regulations governing the subdivision of land in the Town of Hingham; reviewing all preliminary and definitive plan submittals.
- Drafting and submitting zoning amendments for consideration by the municipality. When a zoning amendment has been put forward, the Planning Board holds the public hearing and may also report its recommendation to the local legislature.
- Serving, in some instances, as the special permit granting authority (i.e. Special Permit A-3, Flexible Residential Development)
- Serving as Site Plan Review Authority for all Special Permits A-2 under consideration by the Zoning Board of Appeals
- Is always the "party of interest" in administrative appeals, special permit applications, and variance petitions within the municipality and in adjacent cities and towns;
- Under Massachusetts General Law Chapter 40, 15C, the Scenic Roads Act, the Planning Board is enabled to recommend roads for municipal consideration, and empowers the planning board to oversee specified activities.