Town of Lancaster, MA
Worcester County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town of Lancaster 5-3-2004 ATM by Art. 18. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Planning Board — See Ch. 17, Art. IV.
Zoning — See Ch. 220.
Subdivision regulations — See Ch. 301.
There shall be established in the Town of Lancaster a Community Development and Planning Department to be administered by a Director who shall be appointed by the Select Board for a term of three years. Said Director shall hold office until his/her successor is appointed. Said Director may be removed from office in the manner prescribed in Chapter 140, Personnel, of the Code of the Town of Lancaster.
The Planning Director shall be responsible for coordinating all planning activities in the Town and serves as staff support to the Planning Board.
The duties of the Director shall include the following:
To direct long-range planning and the updating of the Town's Master Plan.
To establish planning goals and priorities and develop, recommend and implement policies and procedures in conjunction with the Planning Board.
To conduct planning studies regarding future development in the Town.
To review existing planning and zoning guidelines and bylaws and make recommendations for revisions.
To review development plans for compliance.
To provide technical advice to citizens and support to the Planning Board.
To solicit grants to support planning-related activities.
To coordinate Planning Board meetings and related task forces.
To develop the Department's operating and capital budget.
To serve as staff liaison between the Planning Board and other Town departments and agencies.
To employ and supervise such full-time or part-time assistance as may be required to accomplish the above duties subject, to proper appropriations being made therefor.
To assess performance of Department personnel.
To perform other planning and administrative functions and duties as appropriate.
The duties, powers and responsibilities of the Director may be broadened or diminished at any time by amendment to this bylaw, except to the extent that such duties, powers and responsibilities are defined by an employment contract.
The salaries of the Director and other employees of the Community Development and Planning Department shall be established in accordance with the Classification and Compensation Plan or pursuant to any other General or Special Law, except to the extent that such salaries are defined by an employment contract.