Planning, Conservation, & Economic Development

Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Plan

Webster was awarded a $22,000 grant to complete a MVP Community Resilience Workshop process. This is the first step in unlocking additional funding opportunities for the Town from FEMA/MEMA and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

which included: identifying a core team at the local level; evaluation / assessment which included interviews with the community and stakeholders; and conducting workshops. The next step, Listening Session, was held on Monday, May 23, 2022 in the Board of Selectmen Meeting Room.  A final draft of the Summary Findings has been released.  The completed report is scheduled to be released on or before June 30, 2022.  To learn more, click on either of the images below to see the Listening Session Presentation or the Draft Summary of Findings.  

MVP PresentationListening Session Presentation - May 23, 2022

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MVP Plan - Final Draft

Draft Summary of Findings

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Along with a variety of projects, the Department also provides staff support for the following Boards, Commissions and Committees:

Planning Board
Economic Development Committee
Zoning Board of AppealsConservation Commission
Historical Commission 

For more information please contact:

  • Ann Morgan, Director of Planning & Economic Development - 508-949-3800 x4010
  • Dawn Portman, Conservation Agent - 508-949-3800 x4008

Stormwater Management

Stormwater PipesWherever you are, whether it is in Webster, another state, or elsewhere in the world, stormwater management is a crucial part of being environmentally responsible – both as a resident and as a commercial or industrial enterprise. Stormwater management simply refers to the management of surface runoff which results from rain or snow melt. Stormwater travels through a different system than wastewater and stormwater ultimately lands in local bodies of water such as the French River and Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg.

The Town of Webster must implement specific policies and procedures to help reduce pollution in local waterbodies through a number of stormwater management tools including public outreach and education. Learn how you can be a part of the solution. CLICK HERE.

marijuana leafMarijuana Uses

Learn more about various uses permitted in the Town of Webster including the local process for establishing various marijuana-related businesses.Other information includes:

  • Important Public Notices
  • Local Regulations
  • Overview of Marijuana Uses Permitted by Local Zoning
  • Zoning Map and Parcel Information
  • Recreational Marijuana Retail Sales
  • Local Process Guidelines & Key Contacts
  • Current Marijuana Businesses located in Webster

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The Webster Department of Planning and Development is committed to community-based planning that guides the future of the Town. It provides technical planning guidance and assistance to public and private entities in the areas of land use planning, zoning, economic development, as well as public outreach and engagement. The Department implements projects and programs designed to improve the economy, environment, and physical infrastructure of the Town. It is committed to providing dependable, cost effective, high-quality customer service while assisting the public in achieving their land use goals without compromising the ordinances of the Town of Webster.

STAFF SUPPORT to town boards

The Department provides staff support to the Planning Board and the Zoning Board of Appeals including all adminstrative functions (billing, meeting minutes), the intake of applications (processing, hearing notices, legal advertising), and the drafting and filing of decisions.