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Frequently Asked Questions

Town of Braintree Department of Planning and Community Development

Planning Division

1 JFK Memorial Drive
Braintree, MA 02184
781 794-8230
Fax: 781 794-8089

Where can I obtain a plot plan of my property?

The Department keeps only plans approved by the Planning Board and Conservation Commission.  If the property in question was part of an application submitted for review there may be a plan on file.  Residents are urged to inquire.


How can I determine if my property lies within a floodplain?

The Department Staff will review the Flood Insurance Rate Maps generated by FEMA and determine whether or not your property is within the floodplain.  Based on your Floodplain designation and the proposed project the Department Staff will advise you as to what local permits from the Planning Board and Conservation Commission are required.


How can I get a copy of the Zoning Bylaw?

The Zoning Bylaw may be purchased [$20.00] at the Town’s Clerk office in Town Hall.  In addition, we have provided a link in the Planning Board Section of this webpage where the Zoning Ordinance can be viewed or downloaded in PDF format by Article.


How can I find out what zoning district my property is located in?

Please call the Department of Planning and Community Development [781.794.8234] for staff assistance.


Does the Planning Board need to review my project?

The Planning Staff is available Monday through Friday from 8:30 to 4:30 to meet with anyone interested in discussing a potential project, the permitting process and/or the requirements for application submittal.  It would be prudent to schedule an appointment to ensure staff will be in the office when you would like to come by.


How soon can I get on the Planning Board’s agenda?

There are two kinds of applications heard by the Planning Board:  those necessitating publication of a legal notice by statute and those which do not.  If an application is submitted in a timely manner and does not require a Public Hearing, it may be placed on the Planning Board’s next available agenda.  If an application requires a Public Hearing, it could be between 30 and 45 days from submission of application to being scheduled as an agenda item.  Obviously, scheduling is dependent on current project load.


I have received a notice of a proposed project in my neighborhood.   Can I get copies of plans and correspondence?

The Department charges a nominal fee for copying ($.20 a page). A full size plan sheet is currently $5.00 per copy.  If a request for documentation requires staff time to research and compile, the charge will be the hourly rate of the administrative staff based on the number of hours required.


Can you recommend Land Surveyors or Professional Engineers?

The Department does not recommend Land Surveyors or Professional Engineers.  However, you are welcome to look through our application files which contain contact information for these professionals.  In addition, the Inspections Division maintains a list of Land Surveyors.


When does the Planning Board meet?

The Planning Board typically meets at 7:00 P.M. in Town Hall on the first Monday  and third Tuesday of the month.  In June, July and August the Board is scheduled to meet on June 15th, July 20th, and August 17th.  Please check for a link on the Planning Board section of this webpage for the current meeting schedule, which can be downloaded in PDF format, and the current agenda which indicates the location in Town Hall where the meeting will be held.