Bylaw Review Committee


  • Roger Hoyt, Chair
  • David Perry, Co-Chair
    Affiliation: Zoning Board of Appeals
  • Walt Meissner
    Affiliation: Planning Board
  • Sarah Culgin
    Affiliation: Building Inspector
  • Leo Janssens
    Affiliation: Select Board


The Ashburnham Board of Selectman recently voted to establish an ad hoc Bylaw Review Committee for the purpose of reviewing and making recommendations to re-codify, amend, eliminate, or add to the Town of Ashburnham bylaws. The committee will be a five-member advisory committee to the Board of Selectman consisting of the members.

Goals, Objectives & Priorities

  • Update and clarify the definitions found in both the Zoning By-Laws and the Municipal By-laws.
  • Clean up grammar, punctuation, numbering, syntax, etc. throughout the document.
  • Work on ways to improve consistent enforcement of the By-laws and support the efforts to manage enforcement effectively.
  • Clarify and tighten the language in the By-laws to help make them easier to understand and to enforce.
  • Work towards making certain that the By-laws reflect current generally accepted practices utilized by similar Massachusetts towns, are in alignment with state regulations, and reflect the preferences of the majority of Ashburnham residents.
  • Make recommendations to the Board of Selectman to add, modify, and/or eliminate specific By-laws. After their review the Board of Selectman will request input from Town Counsel as appropriate.
  • Once Town Counsel has given their legal opinion a public hearing will be held by the By-Law Review Committee to obtain feedback from residents prior to town meeting.
  • Proposals that appear to have public support will be added to a town meeting warrant to be voted on.

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

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How to Reach Us

Town of Ashburnham
32 Main Street
Ashburnham, MA 01430
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Phone: 978-827-4100, ext 0
Fax: 978-827-4105