Community Development & Planning


Primary Functions:

The Community Development and Planning office is responsible for coordinating and directing all community development planning activities in the Town, and serves as staff support to the Planning Board, Conservation Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, Board of Health, Energy Commission, Agricultural Commission, and Open Space and Recreation Committee.

The Planning Director must review all development plans for compliance, ensure the plans are developed as approved, direct long-range planning, update the Town's Master Plan, provide technical advice to citizens and the Boards, and seek and secure grants to support planning-related activities. 

The role of the Planning Director is to provide Lancasters Boards, Committees, and residents with information and guidance to support the planning process. The Director's position is not to make decisions for the Town, but to provide the Town with the information, tools, and guidance to make informed decisions amongst themselves, and to then aid in acting on actionable items. 

Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
Jasmin Farinacci Director of Community Development & Planning 978.365.3326 Ext. 1081
Debra Dennis Office Manager 978.365.3326 Ext. 1310