Boards We Support

Planning Board

The Planning Board's primary role is to guide the physical growth and development of the Town of Brookline through the adoption and implementation of a master plan, consideration of zoning bylaw amendments, and evaluation and recommendation on land use changes, development projects, and commercial signs and facades.

The Board encourages and facilitates public review and comment at all of its meetings. The Planning Board’s aim is to protect and enhance the overall appearance and livability of the town.

The Regulatory Planning Division provides support to the Planning Board by analyzing and making recommendations on applications to the Zoning Board of Appeals, as well as offering professional planning guidance on long-term planning initiatives and zoning amendment efforts.

Zoning Board of Appeals

The Board of Appeals is a 3-member quasi-judicial board, with 5 associate members, that is responsible for reviewing and approving applications for relief by special permit and by variance from the requirements of the Zoning By-Law, in accordance with the “Massachusetts Zoning Act” - Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 40A. 3 board members sit for each hearing and a unanimous vote is required for an appeal to be granted.

The Regulatory Planning Division provides support to the Zoning Board of Appeals by coordinating applicant's submissions, scheduling meetings, managing statutory deadlines, and providing staff analysis and recommendations.

Preservation Commission

The Brookline Preservation Commission, made up of 7 regular members and 4 alternate members appointed by the Selectmen, is a local certified government. It fulfills its legislative responsibilities which include the enforcement of the Demolition By-Law and the Historic Districts By-Law.

Brookline has 8 local historic districts. In addition there are 16 National / State Register Districts and more than 80 National / State Register individual listings. Over the years, the commission has produced walking tours, a history of town-owned buildings, design guidelines and a preservation and maintenance study on the historic buildings owned by the town.

The Regulatory Planning Division provides support to the Preservation Commission by coordinating applicant's submissions, scheduling meetings, managing deadlines, and providing professional preservationist analysis and recommendations.