Planning and Community Development
The Planning and Community Development Department serves as technical and administrative staff to the Town Manager, and staff liaison to Planning Board, Conservation Commission, and Zoning Board of Appeals, regarding zoning, subdivisions, special permits, variance issues, wetlands protection, and other land use legislation. The department also oversees the creation and implementation of long-range plans - see Long-Range Planning for more information.
NOTE: Zoning enforcement is done through the Zoning Enforcement Officer (Building Official) in the Building Department. Any residents who desire a home office must meet with the Planning Staff prior to using any space in a residential home for an office.
The Conservation Commission is responsible for the administration of environmental laws and policies, open space protection and management, water management, preservation of natural features of the environment, and coordination for joint action with many town bodies.
The Planning Board administers East Longmeadow’s zoning and land development regulation by-laws as well as Subdivision Rules and Regulations in conjuncture with M.G.L. Chapters 40A and 41 and helps to protect and enhance the environmental, economic, and social quality of life in East Longmeadow for its residents and visitors by creating and implementing appropriate planning initiatives and regulatory mechanisms for the preservation and protection of the town.
Zoning Board of Appeals
The Zoning Board of Appeals hears and decides appeals in accordance with M.G.L. chapter 40A, Section 8, hears and decides petitions for variances in accordance with M.G.L. chapter 40A, Section 10, and hears and decides appeals from decisions of a zoning administrator, if any, in accordance with M.G.L. chapter 40A, Section 13.