Planning & Zoning

Planning and Zoning Board COVID-19 Update:
- All meetings for April are cancelled.  We are still accepting applications via email. 
- Please use the application links below and email all completed paperwork to:
- Any questions, please call: (585) 872-7028


UPDATED Planning & Zoning: Board Application Process:

1. Pre-Planning Stage: 

a. Pre-Application Meeting (Mandatory) with Deputy Commissioner: review application process and materials, evaluate what board decisions are needed (variance, use permit, etc.) 

b. Major projects (Commercial, Subdivisions) will then be referred to PRC Review after Pre-Application meeting 

c. Signs do not need a Pre-Application meeting

2. Application Submission Stage: 

All materials discussed above are due by submission deadline – 3 weeks prior to board meeting

3. Application Formal Review Stage:

a. After submission deadline, all materials are reviewed for completion 

b. If complete, and approved by Town Lawyers, application moves to Final Agenda for next scheduled meeting 

c. If not complete, it returns to DPW for further review

4. Scheduled for Board Meeting: 

All final materials due by the Friday the agenda is finalized; no late paperwork will be accepted 


Zoning Regulations

A zoning map and related ordinances help regulate land development in the town. There are three basic zoning categories:
  • Commercial
  • Industrial
  • Residential
Within the Town Code, each category is broken down more specifically, allowing for various uses and intensities of development in different parts of the town.

Location Standards

Zoning ordinances also contain standards concerning where and how a structure may be located on a lot. These standards can include restrictions on:
  • Building height
  • Building setbacks
  • Minimum lot area
  • Minimum yard area
  • Percentage of lot coverage


If a proposed project, development, or structure does not conform to current zoning regulations, relief from the strict interpretation of those regulations may be granted after a hearing before the Zoning Board of Appeals.

Forms & Documents:

Planning Board Application

Zoning Board of Appeals Application

Sign Permit Application

Use Variance Standards

Area Variance Standards

Subdivision Application (4 lots or less)

Home Occupation Application

Short Environmental Assessment Form 

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