Planning Board

Planning Board's Role and Responsibilities

The Shutesbury Planning Board is an elected board consisting of seven members. There are currently no alternate members. The Planning Board is responsible for the following functions:

  • Master Planning: Periodic generation and updating of the town's Master Plan
  • Zoning Amendments: Development of amendments to the town's Zoning Bylaw, as needed, including conducting of hearings, and making presentation to Town Meeting. Conducting public hearings for citizen petitions regarding zoning amendments and making recommendations to Town Meeting.
  • Subdivision Regulations: Periodic development and amendments, as needed, to the Subdivision regulations
  • Approval Not Required (ANR) Plans: Review and approval of plans that create building lots from land along public roadways in Shutesbury. (Most dwellings in Shutesbury are on such lots)
  • Subdivision Plans: Plans that create new building lots from land along newly built subdivision roadways
  • Site Plan Review: Review and approval of projects that require site plan review
  • Special Permits: Review and approval of projects that require a special permit (by two thirds super majority vote)
  • Special Projects: Related to land use planning


    Bylaws and Regulations

    Zoning Bylaws 

    • Zoning Bylaw (2021). Print copies are available for $15. from Town Clerk's office.


    none at present


    Shutesbury Zoning Map

    (Adopted March 24, 2009)

    Information and Resources related to Shutesbury Zoning Bylaws

      Subdivision Regulations 

      Approval Not Required (ANR) Regulations


        Application Forms & Application Information

        The first step in applying for a permit is to understand the Shutesbury Zoning Bylaw and how it applies to your situation.  A printed version may be obtained from the Town Clerk for a fee, or it can be downloaded from this web page. If you have questions about zoning that need clarification for the application, you may contact the Chair.

        Once you have understood the Bylaws regarding your interests, you should take the following steps. 

        • Complete the application form for the type of request sought
        • Gather all of the necessary documentation required for your application.
        • Obtain a certified abutters list, if required
        • Submit your application, supporting documentation and abutters list to the Town Clerk and pay the application fee. Digital submission may be required and is often preferred, if possible; please check with the Town Clerk and Planning Board Chair.

        Forms and Materials for Applications:


        Master Plan

        Complete Shutesbury Master Plan, including maps (18 megabyte PDF file) - (as of June 2004)

        Sections: Table of Contents,    Executive Summary,   Natural Resources and Open Spaces,   Economic Development,   Housing,   Community Facilities and Services,   Transportation,   Historic and Scenic Resources,   Land Use and Zoning,   Appendix A - Execytuve Summary,   Appendix B - Biodiversity Days,   Appendix C - Economic Development,  Appendix D - Housing,   Appendix E - ADA Plan (future),  Appendix F - Transportation

        Master Plan Working Group's Shutesbury Community Vision Report (endorsed by Planning Board, 6/12/2017;  approved by the Select Board, 7/11/2017, with the modification that "the MPWG further develop specific topics and strategies" for the Town's implementation)

          Current & Older Projects Before the Board

          All projects are reviewed at posted public meetings or posted public hearings. The public is invited to attend public meetings and hearings for projects currently under consideration. Minutes of past meetings can be found here.

          The Planning Board reviews projects as they are submitted. Projects listed below are considered significant given their size or community-wide interest. Approval Not Required (ANR) projects do not require a hearing. While all special permits require a public hearing that is publicly noticed, some small scale/residential projects may not be listed below.

          • Older: 
            • 2022: Wightman Open Space Design PARCEL ID: H-151 - documents.
            • 2020: Subdivision: Dean Brook - Pratt Corner Rd, ZG-2 -- plan, map
            • 2020: Subdivision: Roaring - Carver Rd West, ZD-37 -- plan, map
            • 2020: Subdivision: Baker Brook - West Pelham Rd, ZQ-6 & Q-70 -- plan, map
            • 2020: Subdivision: Nurse Brook - Pratt Corner Rd, ZW-6 -- plan, map