Zoning and Subdivision Revision

The Dorset Planning Commission is working on a comprehensive revision to the town’s Zoning and Subdivisions Bylaws, including a complete replacement of the zoning map and districts. The changes would affect all property in town. This holistic review and revision to the town’s regulations was recommended in the 2020 Dorset Town Plan.

The Dorset Planning Commission hosted  Community Meetings to present the draft, answer questions and take comments on the first draft of the proposed regulations in July. The Planning Commission considered all comments received and has further refined the proposed regulations in response. A revised draft of the Dorset Land Use and Development Regulations and a draft Zoning Map are now available for public review:

  1. You can use the online map to find your property or other area in Dorset that you are interested in (updated 26 Sep 2022). The link will show you two maps side-by-side. The currently adopted zoning map is on the left and the proposed zoning map is on the right. The zoning districts are shown in a different colors.
    1. You can enter an address in the search box (upper right) or just pan and zoom to find a specific location.
    2. If you click on a location, a box will pop-up and tell you what the existing and proposed zoning districts are for that location.
  2. Once you know the proposed zoning districts you are interested in learning more about, you can download the handouts for those districts (below). There are also other informational handouts available.
  3. You can also download a copy of the proposed regulations and maps (below).
  4. You can ask questions or make comments through the contact form (below).
  5. If you want to get paper copies of the handouts, maps or proposed regulations, contact the Dorset Town Office. Printed copies of the handouts and small-scale maps will also be available at the Community Meetings.

Documents Available for Download

In addition to a PDF of the proposed regulations in their entirety, there are also a series of maps and handouts available for download.

  • Comment Matrix (through 26 September 2022)
    This matrix will be used to track changes made to the proposed regulations going forward from the first public review draft. It includes specific requests for changes to the proposed regulations. It is not inclusive of all questions or general comments received by the Planning Commission in writing or at public meetings. It summarizes the requests for specific changes to the proposed regulations and zoning map for PC consideration and the PC action on each.
  • Comments Received (through 23 August 2022)
    This is a compilation of the written comments submitted electronically and responses in chronological order.

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