Planning Board

Updated May 21, 2024


Does your Planning Board Application require an EROSION CONTROL PERMIT as required in the Protective Bylaw §125-58? Please contact Frank O'Connor at with questions.

MBTA Draft Bylaw and Proposed Overlay District Map
MBTA 3A Informational


UPDATED:  VIRTUAL Community Visioning Presentation - Ayer Corridor Vision Plan & Form Based Code. Presentation on community vision, priorities, and goals for future development on the Ayer Road Corridor HERE    



MBTA Communities Multifamily Guidelines page HERE


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


Senior Housing Development Bylaw Information Page HERE

The Harvard Planning Board generally meets on the first and third Monday of each month at 7pm.  However, inclement weather, holidays and the need for special meetings may result in meetings being canceled, rescheduled or postponed.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
Frank O'Connor, Jr. Director of Planning 978-456-4100x423
Vittoria Konstantinidis Administrative Assistant (978) 456-4100x429