Planning Board

Board Members

Margaret Olson, Chair
Lynn DeLisi, Vice-Chair
Richard Rundell
Gary Taylor
Steve Gladstone

Mission Statement

The broad mission of the Planning Board is to further the welfare of the citizens of Lincoln by helping to create and preserve a healthful, convenient, efficient and attractive community environment. The physical as well as the social and economic community is a single organism, all features and activities of which are related and interdependent. There is a need for the application of intelligent foresight and planned administrative and legal coordination, if balance, harmony, and order are to be insured. It is the task of planning to supply this foresight and this overall coordination.

Service Description

The Planning Board's activities range from coordination of broad forward looking plans for the town or for particular parts of it, to regulation of individual development projects.

The Planning Board takes the lead on major land use planning exercises but takes care to ensure involvement by a wide range of town boards and residents. The town-wide Comprehensive Plan was finalized in 2009 following three years work with the assistance of a consultant and staff support. The Plan was accepted by both the Planning Board and Town Meeting, as a guide to future decision making across a range of topics. Going forward, the Planning Board will lead the Implementation Committee and also a Committee to carry out a more detailed study of future development in the Lincoln Station area.

The Planning Board regulates land development according to the provisions of the Massachusetts General Law, the Town of Lincoln Zoning Bylaw, and the Rules and Regulations governing the subdivision of land and laying out of ways. The Planning Board is responsible for land planning, the subdivision of land and recommendations for changes to the Zoning Bylaw and the Zoning Map. The Board reviews both commercial and residential site plans as well as changes involving a scenic road. The Board grants special permits for certain land uses including wireless communication facilities, and permits for certain signs and fences. The Board is also required to review and make recommendations to the Zoning Board of Appeals regarding accessory apartments and uses in the business district.

Planning and Land Use Projects

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Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

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Battle Road Scenic Byway

A corridor management plan for the historic Battle Road, which runs through Concord, Lincoln, Lexington, and Arlington, is being prepared by Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) staff with funding from federal and state highways sources. You can learn more about this program by visiting the Battle Road Scenic Byway website. Bob Domnitz is the current Planning Board Liaison to this committee.