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Community Development and Planning

First Floor
Town Offices - 36 Bartlet St, Andover, MA 01810
Fax: (978) 623-8320
Office Hours: 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM Monday - Friday
Inspectors Available 8 AM to 10 AM

Planning Division Paul Materazzo, Director of Planning (978) 623-8310
Conservation Division Robert Douglas, Director of Conservation (978) 623-8311
Health Division Tom Carbone, Director of Public Health (978) 623-8295
Building Division Chris Clemente, Inspector of Buildings (978) 623-8301

The Department of Community Development and Planning consists of the following four divisions that work independently and collaboratively as a self-directed team – Planning; Conservation; Health; and Building. Each division is managed by a division head who reports to the Town Manager.


The mission of the Planning Division is to ensure the orderly growth of the Town through sound planning practices and through the implementation of the recommendations of the Master Plan.

The mission of the Conservation Division is to protect Andover’s wetland resources and to act as trustees in perpetuity of the Town’s conservation land.

The mission of the Health Division is to promote and protect the public health including the physical, mental, emotional and social wellness of all the people.

The mission of the Building Division is to ensure the health, safety and welfare of the Town’s residents and visitors, as well as to protect the value of the historic district and historic structures in the Town through the enforcement of State and local laws, by-laws and regulations.

Planning Division

The Planning Division is responsible for a wide range of activities associated with development, transportation and economic growth in the Town. The division administers land use regulations governing residential, industrial and commercial development in Andover, and is responsible for processing plans for nearly all new projects in the Town. The Planning Division is responsible for coordinating all major local and regional transportation improvement projects. The division provides professional technical support to the Planning Board, the Zoning Board of Appeals, the Town Manager and the Board of Selectmen, as well as a number of special committees and working groups such as the Housing Partnership Committee, the Main Street Committee, and the Vision 21 Committee. The professional staff of the Planning Division represents the Town on the Merrimack Valley Planning Commission, the Merrimack Valley Regional Transit Authority, the River Road Transportation Management Association, and the Junction Transportation Management Organization. The Planning Division staff assists Town Counsel in matters involving litigation against the Planning Board. The Planning Board consists of six volunteer members appointed by the Town Manager to five-year terms. Planning Division Page

Conservation Division

The Conservation Division provides staff support to the Conservation Commission whose principal duties include enforcement and administration of the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act, Rivers Protection Act and Andover Wetlands Protection Bylaw (regulation of residential, industrial and commercial development activity in or near flood plains, water bodies, and wetland areas); acquisition and maintenance of Town-owned Conservation Land (presently in excess of one hundred forty parcels, comprising over seventeen hundred acres); organization of the volunteer Conservation Overseers; periodic completion of Andover's Open Space and Recreation Plan; and informal liaison with other official and informal organizations concerned with conservation and open space preservation. The Conservation Commission consists of seven volunteer members who are appointed annually by the Town Manager to staggered three-year terms. Conservation Division Page

Health Division

The Health Division encompasses all phases of health administration, including planning, evaluation, budgeting, enforcement, inspection and pseudo ad judicatory proceedings. The Sanitarians supervise the inspection and public health education programs in matters dealing with the State Sanitary Code and the State Environmental Code. The Public Health Nurse is primarily responsible for all medical clinical administrative matters. The Director of Public Health assumes primary responsibility for coordination among the various boards in permit granting and proper land use, specifically in the area of environmental protection issues (i.e. septic system design, wetlands pollution, water quality protection). The Director designs programs and implements policies as proposed by the Andover Board of Health to meet the health needs of the community. The Board of Health consists of three volunteer members appointed by the Town Manager for staggered three-year terms. Health Division Page

Building Division

The Building Division is charged with the enforcement and interpretation of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Building Code 780 CMR and the Access Regulations, 521 CMR, as adopted, Article VIII of the Andover Code, Andover Zoning Bylaw, and Chapter 40A of Massachusetts General Laws. The Building Division also enforces Article 33 of the Andover Bylaw, Demolition of Historically Significant Buildings and Structures, and Article 36 of the Andover Bylaw, Ballardvale Historic District Bylaw. The Division enforces the compliance of the conditions on the Variances and Special Permits granted by the Appeals Board, and assists in the enforcement of the Planning Board restrictions of the Site Plan Certificates of Approval. The Division issues permits for all construction regulated by the State Building Codes, and performs all related inspections. The Division works in cooperation with the Andover Fire Department for fire protection of all new and existing buildings. Included within the Building Division are the Electrical Inspector, Plumbing Inspector and Sealer of Weights and Measures. The Zoning Board of Appeals consists of five regular members and four alternate members appointed by the Selectmen for three-year terms. The Board's responsibility is to hear requests for variances, special permits and appeals from decisions of the Inspector of Buildings. It meets on the first Thursday of each month and holds duly noticed deliberation meetings. Members of the Andover Preservation Commission and Ballardvale Historic District Commission are appointed by the Town Manager for their term. Building Division Page

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