Planning Board

The Planning Board is comprised of five elected, volunteer town residents of varied backgrounds. They are charged with the following responsibilities:

  • Preparation and updating of the Town's Master Plan
  • Review and approval of the construction of new subdivisions
  • Adoption and Review of Town's Subdivision Rules and Regulations
  • Presenting new streets to Town Meeting for Acceptance
  • Review and recommendation of site plans for the Zoning Board of Appeals
  • Proposal of amendments to the Zoning By-laws and reporting on amendments filed by others
  • Overseeing the Town's Scenic Ways
  • Approval of some special permits as permitted under the Zoning By-Laws
  • Appointment of the Canton Center Design Review Board
  • Any other duty as prescribed under the General Laws of the Commonwealth and the By-Laws of the Town of Canton

Town Planner

The Town Planner is responsible for working towards town-wide goals with regard to zoning, land use, housing, economic development, and other areas specified in the Canton Master Plan. The Town Planner also works to help procure grants and accomplish other special projects to reach town goals. The Town Planner works with the Planning Board and provides technical review and assistance for projects reviewed by the Planning Board.

Stay Informed

Sign up for the Planning Department News Flashes, Calendar, or Agenda alerts via the Town's Notify Me service. You can receive emails about project updates, public event announcements, upcoming Planning Board agendas, and links to topics of interest related Town planning.

Look for event announcements and other updates from the Canton Planning Department Facebook feed and the Town Planner Facebook feed.

View all public documents related to Planning Board meetings here.

Master Plan

The Master Plan is a guide for the town's future and as the town changes the document should change with it. There is a Master Plan Steering Committee is shepherding the process of updating the Master Plan (expected to be completed Fall 2019).

Visit the 2004 Master Plan page (PDF). Visit the 2018 to 2020 Master Plan update page.

Other Plans and Studies

View a full list of maps, reports, plans and resources here.

Planning Board Resources

Scenic Ways

Any person or organization seeking the consent of the Planning Board under MGL Chapter 40, Section 15c regarding road repair, maintenance, reconstruction, paving work, road or driveway cuts that will involve the cutting or removal of trees, or damage to the tree's root system, or the tearing down of stone walls, or portions thereof, shall file a request with the Planning Board.

The following is a list of Scenic Ways within the Town of Canton. If you are planning to remove a tree or stone wall and you reside on 1 of these streets, please request a determination from the Planning Board: 

  • Chapman Street
  • Elm Street
  • Farm Street
  • Green Street
  • Green lodge Street
  • Hemenway Drive
  • High Street
  • Indian Lane
  • Pleasant Street
  • Sherman Street (from Washington Street eastward to Pleasant Street)
  • Walpole Street
  • Washington Street
  • York Street

Canton Center Design Review Board

The Canton Center Design Review Board (CCDRB) was established to review projects that are within the Canton Center Economic Opportunity District, located in downtown Canton. The CCDRB reviews projects to ensure that facade alterations to buildings and new signage for businesses helps to create a cohesive and attractive downtown area. The CCDRB meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 7 pm in the Armando Building unless otherwise noted.

Applications, Meetings, and Fees

Additional Resources