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Special Permits

From concept to completion the Current Planning Division of the Planning and Development Department oversees the special permit/ site plan approval process required under the City's Zoning Ordinance (Chapter 30). This permitting process applies to many different kinds of potential development from additions to small non-conforming structures to large commercial buildings.

The special permit/site plan approval process requires an application to the Board of Aldermen, which is the City's special permitting authority, and a public hearing before the Land Use Committee, a subcommittee of the Board of Aldermen. Prior to the public hearing, abutters within 300 feet of the subject property are notified in writing by the City. Applicants are encouraged to confer with the Current Planning Division staff before filing an application with the City Clerk.

Information pertaining to current or past special permit/site plan approval applications can be accessed through the hyperlink below:
Special Permit/Site Plan Approval Applications

The following are technical review memos prepared by the Planning and Development Department for the Board of Aldermen.  Additional information regarding the Land Use Committee of the Board of Aldermen can be accessed by clicking here.