Planning Board

Updated January 5, 2022


NEW: Zoning Bylaw Rewrite Project - Information Page HERE


Ayer Road Commercial District Citizen-Based Vision Plan - Information Page HERE


UPDATED: Senior Housing Development Bylaw Information Page HERE


Ayer Road TIP Project - Please visit the project page and the Q&A page for further information.



The Harvard Planning Board reviews and approves the division of land under the State Subdivision Control Law (MGL. Ch. 41) and the Harvard Subdivision Controls (Chapter 130); serves as a special permit granting authority under the State Zoning Act (MGL. Ch. 40A) and the Harvard Protective (Zoning) Bylaw (Chapter 125); and guides the process of Zoning Bylaw amendments under the State Zoning Act (MGL. Ch. 40A). Members are appointed to three-year term, except for associate member, who is appointed annually.

Under State Law, the Board is charged with the responsibility of protecting the health, safety and welfare of Harvard's residents. Guided by the General Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Harvard Protective (Zoning) Bylaw, the 2016 Harvard Master Plan and citizen's comments and concerns, the Board strives to preserve and enhance the integrity of Harvard's rural character through the use of these regulatory tools, while safeguarding property owners' rights. The Board recommends and specifies changes to development proposals to achieve these goals. Board members and staff strive to work with both project proponents and citizens to help shape projects so as to minimize the impact to the community. 


Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
Liz Allard Land Use Administrator/Conservation Agent 978-456-4100 ext. 321
Christopher Ryan Director of Community and Economic Development 978-456-4100 ext. 323