Planning Board

Members

  • Steven Heikin, Chair
    Term Expires: 2024
  • Mark J. Zarrillo, Clerk
    Term Expires: 2022
  • Andrea Brue
    Term Expires: 2026
  • Shelly Chipimo
    Term Expires: 2024
  • Linda Hamlin
    Term Expires: 2023
  • Abigail Hiller
    Term Expires: 2022
  • Blair Hines
    Term Expires: 2024

Goals

The Planning Board’s primary goal 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, commercial signs and facades, and the siting of wireless telecommunication facilities.

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.

Planning Board decisions are based on established criteria, guidelines and standards defined by the Zoning By-Law (PDF) Key objectives include:

  • Addressing quality of life issues, such as traffic congestion, housing, and open space
  • Supporting small businesses
  • Enhancing the affordable housing supply
  • Encouraging capital improvements to properties

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. Review the Planning Board Rules and Regulations.

Design Advisory Teams

The Planning Board creates Design Advisory Teams to assist them in reviewing some larger development projects called Major Impact Projects. Design Advisory Teams consist of Planning Board members, design professionals, and neighbors. View information about current or previous Major Impact Projects.

If you are interested in information on the Design Advisory Team for a particular project, or to sign up for an email distribution list for a particular project, please email Polly Selkoe at pselkoe@brooklinema.gov or call 617-730-2130.

Zoning Amendments

The Planning Board holds public hearings on proposed zoning amendments to be voted on at Town Meeting. View recent zoning amendments and their status.