Planning Board

The Planning Board consists of five elected officials that oversee this department. The Planning Board administers the Rules and regulations Governing the Subdivision of Land within the boundaries of Somerset. In addition, the Planning Board is the Special Permit granting authority under the zoning by-law for certain uses within the Watershed Protection District and Open Space communities. As part of interdepartmental cooperation, the Planning board provides technical assistance and written recommendations to the Zoning Board on Planned Developments and provides recommendations for town meeting on street acceptance and zoning changes.

Filing is done through the Town Clerk’s Office.

The Somerset Planning Board Rules and Regulations can be accessed by clicking on the link:  http://www.townofsomerset.org/sites/somersetma/files/uploads/planning-board-rules-and-regulations-updates-through-june-04.pdf

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Brayton Point Commerce Center

For 50 years, Brayton Point was home to a coal-fired power plant that generated 1600 MW for electricity to local homes and businesses and was a source of good paying jobs and tax revenue. The redevelopment of the site is intended to return Brayton Point to a state of productivity and growth by utilizing many of the same attributes that made the site successful in the past – 300 acres of waterfront property, a deep water port, and access to a strong local talent pool. For more infromation please access the Brayton Point Commerce Center website by clicking on the link below: http://www.braytonpointcommercecenter.com/

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Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Plan

Somerset participated in the Commonwealth's Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) program. This program provides support for towns in Massachusetts that mitigate the impacts of climate change and natural hazards. Communities that complete the MVP program become certified as an "MVP community" and are eligible for State grant funding and other opportunities.

The goal of the MVP planning process is to raise awareness about the dangers posed from natural hazards and identify priority actions to improve resilience to the significant natural hazards that the community faces.  On October 15, 2019, community members participated in a workshop with local and regional leaders to: Characterize the hazards facing the community, Identify community vulnerabilities and hazards, Identify and prioritize community actions, Determination overall priority actions for the community. On December 16, 2019 during a public meeting the rsidents learned about the MVP process and provided feedback about the workshops recommendations. A final plan will be presented to the Planning Board in February, 2020. The final MVP Plan is available by clicking on the link below:

https://www.townofsomerset.org/sites/somersetma/files/uploads/somerset_summary_of_findings_report_draft_-012920-final.pdf

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Route 138 Opportunity Study, For The Community of Somerset, MA

Prepared by SRPEDD

The goal of this study is to re-imagine the Route 138 Corridor in Somerset. Route 138 is ideally situated to enable the evolution of the type of walkable, activated commercial center destinations envisioned by the community. The town asked SRPEDD to perform an analysis of the existing corridor to set the groundwork for future transformation. To gain a snapshot of the corridor today, SRPEDD considered a number of conditions related to economic development, including land use, zoning, infrastructure availability, and vacancy status. SRPEDD then went beyond an analysis of the commercial corridor to explore connections to the surrounding residential context, including barriers to pedestrian connectivity, high crash intersections, the presence or absence of pedestrian and cyclist infrastructure, and localized environmental considerations. The final stage of this analysis considered three sites that combine high potential for site opportunity and neighborhood connectivity as key locations for enlivening the corridor. For these sites, SRPEDD explored future development design scenarios that is reflective of viable attractive, and pedestrian-friendly commercial development. In addition, the report also provides examples of streetscape principles that can be implemented to achieve the desired town center aesthetics, including the use of street trees, banners, signage, facade improvements, and lighting. Somerset's commercial district is competing with neighboring communities to attract shoppers and visitors. Our hope is that this analysis assists the community in highlighting its existing assets in such a way that the Route 138 corridor becomes its own unique destination.

Route 138 Opportunity Study: http://www.townofsomerset.org/sites/somersetma/files/uploads/somerset_138_final_report_12_30_19.pdf

Interactive Web Map: http://srpedd.maps.arcgis.com/apps/View/index.html?appid=af1d2e13c82d461ba6a05a314855ea28&extent=-71.1950,41.7314,-71.0851,41.7903

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I-195 I-195 Interchange 4 Transportation Evaluation

The Town of Somerset, with support from MassDevelopment, has initiated an evaluation of improvements to I-195 Interchange 4 (Route 103). The intent is to seek solutions that address inefficient travel patterns and improve highway access and safety. The intent of the plan is to identify a range of options that address inefficient travel patterns and improve highway access and safety. The study began in 2018 and will be completed this winter.  For more information about the project, contact Nancy Durfee, Somerset Town Planner at ndurfee@town.somerset.ma.us or (508) 646-2809.

Below is a link to the presentation and meeting notes from the initial public meeting held in November:

I-195 Interchange 4 Transportation Evaluation Public Meeting #1 Presentation: https://www.townofsomerset.org/sites/somersetma/files/uploads/11-19-18_public_meeting.pdf

I-195 Interchange 4 Transportation Evaluation Public Meeting #1 Meeting Notes: https://www.townofsomerset.org/sites/somersetma/files/uploads/i-195_interchange_4_transportation_evaluation_public_meeting_1_meeting_notes.pdf

I-195 Interchange 4 Transportation Evaluation Public Meeting #1 video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Skci7zK65U&index=3&list=PL34CDZ1DV7_TqLJRxipt-2Lb_-5igpilI&t=0s

Below is a link to the presentation and meeting notes from the second public meeting held on May 22, 2019:

I-195 Interchange 4 Transportation Evaluation Public Meeting #2 Presentation: http://www.townofsomerset.org/sites/somersetma/files/uploads/interchange_4_update_brief_05-22-2019_final.pdf

I-195 Interchange 4 Transportation Evaluation Public Meeting #1 video: http://youtu.be/0pfePPijyJA

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The Town of Somerset wants you to share your ideas for the Somerset Master Plan

The Town is preparing its Master Plan update! The Town of Somerset has embarked on an approximately fifteen-month planning process to update the town-wide Master Plan.The Town is planning for an engaging process where residents, businesses owners and local stakeholders will help shape the ideas and recommendations in the Plan. We want to hear from you!

Master Plan, "Our Town, Our Future", A "Snaphot of Somerset":https://www.townofsomerset.org/sites/somersetma/files/uploads/somerset_mp_exhibit_boards_final_112618.pdf

The Town of Somerset held its second and final Master Plan Public Meeting, Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at the Somerset Berkley Regional High School Performing Arts Center, an important aspect of the planning process which helps the Town move forward to developing our Implementation Actions for the Master Plan. The public was invited to attend this Public Meeting to learn more about the Master Plan progress to date and review the Vision Statement, Core Values, Key Issues, Opportunities, and Goals developed through the public engagement process. The residents and businesses in attendance helped the Town prioritize Implementation Actions to best achieve our Vision and Goals in the next 15 to 20 years. They also offered feedback on the Master Plan's Vision Statement, we completely agree and will make changes to the vision that better reflects the Town of Somerset. You can still particpate by filling out the survey below or contacting the Town Planner with any suggestions, ideas, or missed opportunities.

The Expanded Economic Development Plan

As part of the Somerset Master Plan process, the Town is preparing an Expanded Economic Development Plan to supplement the Economic Development element of the Master Plan. The Master Plan Steering Committee hosted a public meeting for an update on this process, and for the chance to contribute. Businesses and residents provided constructive feedback as an invaluable part of our success! Attendees reviewed and discussed:

  • What is an Expanded Economic Plan?
  • What are Somerest's greatest economic needs?
  • What are Somerset's key strengths and how can we leverage them to promote sustainalbe economic development?
  • Which areas within Somerset present the best opportunities?
  • How can Somerset take steps to implement its economic development goals?

Below is the link to the Somerset Economic Development Plan Public Meeting video held May 2, 2019: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL34CDZ1DV7_TqLJRxipt-2Lb_-5igpilI

Below is the link to the Somerset Economic Development Plan Public Meeting held May 2, 2019 at the Somerset Berkley Regional High School:  http://www.townofsomerset.org/sites/somersetma/files/uploads/somerset_expanded_ed_plan_public_mtg_presentation_0.pdf

The first Public Meeting on Wednesday, November 28th, 2018, during which over 80 residents discussed opportunities, issues and a 15-20 year vision for Somerset. Participants reviewed and discussed the following key components:

  • What is a Master Plan?
  • What community Planning trends are impacting Somerset?
  • Somerset snapshot: A brief look at our communities demographics and baseline conditions Opportunities and Issues: An interactive discussion about the opportunities and issues the Master Plan should address
  • Somerset's Vision: What is our Community's vision for the future?  

Below is a link to the presentation and polling results from the public meeting: http://www.townofsomerset.org/sites/somersetma/files/uploads/final_somerset_mp_public_meeting_1_11282018.pdf

Below is a link to the video from the Master Plan meeting held on November 28, 2018 at the Somerset Berkley High School: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOYTIFBDx5s&index=2&list=PL34CDZ1DV7_TqLJRxipt-2Lb_-5igpilI&t=0s

The Somerset student body was asked to participate in the Master Planning process by answering two questions. 1.) "What do you love most about Somerset?" and 2.) "What is your greatest wish for Somerset in the next 15-20 years?" Below is are links to their answers.

What do you love most about Somerset? https://padlet.com/schoonoverj/3s17lip8tnut                 

What is your greatest wish for Somerset in the next 15-20 years? http://padlet.com/schoonoverj/uo6gbu05567a

 

 

Board Members

Name Title
Gary Simons Chair
Timothy Turner Member
Paula Ramos Secretary
William Raposa, Jr. Member
Robert Rebello Clerk
Richard Fenstermaker
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