Planning Board

Meetings


Agendas, Minutes & Video


Official meeting agendas are posted at least 2 business days prior, although public hearing notices are posted at least 2 weeks in advance. Planning Board meetings are typically broadcast live on community access television, with video recordings posted online when available. All agendas & minutes are also archived online. View the most recent agenda.

Members


Name Contact Term Expires Position
Philip McEwan
Email 02/2018 Chair
William Carellas
Email 02/2021
Vice Chair/Clerk
Robert Goyette
Email
02/2020
Member
Jane Magarian
Email 02/2017 Member / PVPC Commissioner
Cheryl Crowe
Email 02/2017 Member
Raymond St. Hilaire
Email 02/2021 Member
Bernard Puza
Email
02/2021
Associate Member
John Bowen Email 02/2021 Associate Member
 (vacant)      Member

Overview


The Planning Board is a seven member citizen board (eligibility is subject to certain ward limitations) charged with preparing and adopting comprehensive plans for the City regarding such elements as land use, natural and cultural resources, and socioeconomic concerns. It also serves as the custodian of the Zoning Ordinance, though not as its enforcement authority. On a more routine basis, the Board administers the City's Subdivision Regulations and hears zoning applications for commercial, residential, industrial and municipal projects requiring special permits and site plan approvals. The Board is also designated to concurrently review and administer permits under the Stormwater Management Ordinance. Therefore, most major public and private developments proposed in Westfield must first receive the approval of the Board.

Applications & Correspondence


Application submissions, correspondence and other business of the Board are coordinated by the Planning Department (mailing address: 59 Court Street, Suite 300, Westfield, MA 01085). Public input is invited on any application, in person or in writing, prior to the close of the public hearing. File an application or View all pending applications.