Planning Board

What's New: 

The Planning Board's next meeting will take place on Thursday June 27, 2024 at 6:30 PM in the Select Board's meeting room (Room 205). The agenda will be posted about a week before the meeting. 


The Planning Board has begun its three-year effort to update and modernize the Town's Zoning Bylaw and make it easier to read and understand. Over the summer, the Planning Board will work to revise the Site Plan & Special Permit sections of our zoning, as well as the Table of Uses. We hope to have proposals ready for public comment by Autumn of this year.


Public Forums on Economic Development

The Planning Board and Economic Development Committee jointly sponsored a forum on economic development, held at the 1835 Meetinghouse on the evening of Wednesday March 6th. The program was repeated Saturday morning March 9th. The forums were intended to educate the public on the importance of economic development, its impact on local tax bills and municipal services, our opportunities for economic development, and what types of businesses and industries people want to see in Sterling.

Here are some forum materials for your review:

The Planning Board will use the public input from the forums as a guide to revising the Town's Zoning Bylaw. There will be more public forums later this year once our revisions are ready. Stay tuned!


Mission Statement:

The Planning Board reviews applications for approvals under the Protective Bylaws and the Subdivision Regulations. This includes Site Plan Review and/or Special Permits, Subdivision Approvals, and endorsement of ANR Plans (plans depicting new lot lines on existing streets). The Planning Board is also responsible for long-range land use planning for the Town of Sterling, including the creation of the Sterling Master Plan.

Planning Board members and staff are committed to serving the needs of the public and to treat everyone fairly and with courtesy and respect.

To accommodate those who cannot visit during regular office hours, most Planning Board information is available by phone, mail, or email.

NOTE:  Please submit paperwork for Approval Not Required (ANR) plans and general business 7 days in advance of meeting.  Please submit paperwork for Site Plans, Subdivisions and Special Permits no less than 5 (five) weeks prior to the scheduled meeting.


Board Members

Name Title
John J. Santoro
Michael Temple
Carl Corrinne Chair
Valmore Pruneau
Eric Newman member