Development Review Group
In order to create an open and transparent permitting process for citizens and land owners, as well as to facilitate business expansion, the Town of Middleton has created a voluntary pre-application review process. The Development Review Group (DRG), composed of representatives from town departments involved in development, was established to serve as a “one-stop” shop where applicants may meet with representatives from departments that are relevant to their specific project.
DRG pre-application meetings encourage proactive planning with applicants and help to ensure that projects move efficiently through the town's permitting process by fostering communication between permitting boards and applicants and also by providing the necessary resources to aid applicants and the general public through what can be a complex and unfamiliar process. The task of moderating redevelopment and other land use changes falls to an array of regulations and bylaws, managed largely by municipal departments, boards, and commissions.
The DRG is composed of department representatives and staff to various boards and commissions:
• Board of Selectmen
• Planning Board
• Zoning Board of Appeals
• Conservation Commission
• Inspectional Services
• Public Safety
• Board of Health
• Middleton Electric Light
• Board of Assessors
These meetings ensure that applicants are aware of the permits that they must apply for, in which order they should apply, and what they need to provide to make certain that their application(s) is complete.
Scheduling a Development Review Group Meeting
To initiate the Development Review process, please contact the Town Administrator's Office at 978-774-3589. If the project is one that may benefit from a review by the DRG, you will be contacted by the Planning Coordinator to schedule a meeting. To ensure that DRG members are able to adequately prepare for each meeting, you will be asked to submit a Development Review Application, a narrative of the proposed project, and sketch plans of the site and building elevations. You will be notified of the time, place, and date of the next DRG meeting as soon as your project is scheduled. Please click on the links above for a Development Review Application and description of recommended background information.