The Planning Department supports the work of the Littleton Planning Board. The Planning Board was established in 1946 to review proposed Residential and Commercial Development in Littleton according to the State Subdivision Control Law, the State Zoning Act, and local Zoning Bylaws and Subdivision Regulations. The Planning Board is the issuing authority for Site Plan Review, and many of the Special Permits according to the Town Bylaws.
All application materials should be provided via email or file share service as PDFs to the Town Planner, with 2 sets of hard copies sent by mail or delivered to the Planning Department from 9 am to 4 pm. Monday through Thursday, or 9 am to noon on Friday. If you have any questions, please email Town Planner Maren Toohill or call me at 978-540-2425.
Planning Board meetings will be held as necessary, usually the first Thursday of each month in the Shattuck Street town offices at 37 Shattuck Street, or via Zoom. In addition, videos of Planning Board meetings are available On Demand on the LCTV page of the Town website.
|Anna Heuston||Vice Chair||5/11/2028|
- Firearms Business Zoning Bylaw Proposed: On February 15, 2023, Special Town Meeting passed a Firearm Business Zoning Bylaw. Please see the Bylaw details posted on the Firearms Business ZBL page.
- Extend King Street Common Zoning District: The proposal to extend the King Street Common zoning district to nearby parcels: 410 Great Road - mill building site, 486 King Street, 476 King Street, 470 King Street, 450 King Street, and 584 King Street - former Yangtze River Restaurant site was not approved at the Feb. 15, 2023, Special Town Meeting. Details are at this link.
Thank you for your support at the November 1, 2022, Town Meeting that approved a Zoning Bylaw amendment sponsored by the Planning Board according to MGL Chapter 40A Section 5. This amendment to the Inclusionary Housing (IH) Bylaw Section 173-205A of the Zoning Bylaw extended affordability requirements to new lots created by the Approval Not Required (ANR) process by inserting a new subsection (3) as follows: (3) Any division of land under GL c41§ 81P; provided such division of land results in six or more buildable lots for residential use. View the Planning Board's written report to Town Meeting (PDF).
The Planning Board held a Public Hearing on updated Stormwater Management and Erosion Control Regulations at their meeting on Thursday, January 6, 2022, and adopted these new regulations. Please see the: Public Hearing Notice (PDF); Letter to Town Clerk (PDF); and Proposed Stormwater and Erosion Control Regulations (PDF).
Thank you, Littleton residents for supporting both of the zoning bylaw amendments considered at the October 25, 2021, Special Town Meeting.
25 Robinson Road (PDF): This zoning amendment, Article 14 of the Fall 2021 Special Town Meeting Warrant rezoned 25 Robinson Road (PDF) from Residence R district to Village Common VC mixed-use (also known as Form Based Code) district. This parcel map shows the location of 25 Robinson Road (PDF). While Town Meeting voted to approve this rezoning, and Town Meeting does not vote on specific development proposals, the most recent sketches from Northern Bank (PDF) for redeveloping parcels on Great Road and Robinson Road, including 25 Robinson Road are shared to help inform the discussion. Check out this presentation on rezoning 25 Robinson Road (PDF).
King Street Common (PDF): This zoning amendment, Article 11 of the October 25, 2021 Special Town Meeting Warrant created a new zoning district, King Street Common, and the 41-acre parcel at 550 King Street was rezoned from the existing Industrial A, Industrial B, Business, and Village Common (split) zoning districts to the new King Street Common zoning district. View the map of the King Street Common district (PDF) and text of the King Street Common zoning bylaw (PDF), or more current the STM Article 11 including description, map, and motion (PDF) as printed in the Town Meeting Report. An executive summary of the proposed King Street Common zoning bylaw (PDF) is also posted. While Town Meeting voted to approve this rezoning and Town Meeting does not vote on specific development proposals, sketches from August 8, 2021, from the Lupoli Companies for the redevelopment of 550 King Street (PDF) site are shared here to help inform the discussion. Check out the slide presentation on Article 11 (PDF). Photos of the height demonstration at 550 King Street from September 28 and 29, 2021 are linked below:
- Photo 1 Height Demonstration (JPG)
- Photo 2 Height Demonstration (JPG)
- Photo 3 Height Demonstration (JPG)
- Photo 4 Height Demonstration (JPG)
- Photo 5 Height Demonstration (JPG)
- Photo 6 Height Demonstration (JPG)
- Photo 7 Height Demonstration (JPG)
Example of development potential for King Street Common:
Thank you, Town Meeting for approving several Spring 2021 Zoning Bylaw Amendments. The Town approved several zoning bylaw amendments at the June 2021 Town Meeting to address Housing Choice and Economic Development: Adult Use Marijuana Delivery; Amendments to Senior Housing and Inclusionary Zoning Bylaw; update the wording in the zoning bylaw from "Highway Department" to "Department of Public Works" as well as updates to strengthen the Stormwater Bylaw - a general bylaw. These bylaw amendments passed at the June 2021 Town Meeting are included in the Zoning Bylaw and Stormwater sections of the Town Code.
There was no vote on a proposed 40R Smart Growth District at the Spring 2021 Town Meeting; this article was withdrawn prior to consideration. Discussions on how best to meet local housing needs and unlock the economic development potential at our Foster Street Commuter Rail Station continue. The proposed 40R District would have (1) enabled the Town to establish 40R Smart Growth Districts, adding Article XXXI, and (2) established the Littleton Station Smart Growth Overlay District to provide a range of housing types, including apartments and condos near the Foster Street commuter rail station. These bylaw amendments were proposed based on recommendations in the Littleton Master Plan and the Littleton Station Village Vision Plan; the Littleton Station Area Committee has been working since August 2020 on Design Guidelines and these zoning bylaw amendments. View the Littleton Station Village page for additional background.
Town Meeting October 17, 2020, approved amendments to our Wireless Telecommunications and Towers and Facilities, Small Wireless Facilities: