In early 2017, the Town of Wareham requested assistance from the Commonwealth and SRPEDD to participate in Chapter 43D. SRPEDD awarded a portion of its 2017 DLTA funding to complete this project. This effort is in direct support of Wareham's Community Compact Cabinet Best Practice, "Preparing for Success," and will involve members of public, the Wareham Board of Selectmen, the Wareham Planning Board, the Town Administrator, and the Director of Planning and Community Development.

What is the Chapter 43D Local Expedited Permitting Program?

Chapter 43D is a tool that facilitates commercial, industrial, or mixed-use development on specific properties. It is a voluntary, local option. In other words, towns must “opt-in” through town meeting and property-owners must “opt-in” through written approval. The program creates a "streamlined permitting process" that promotes transparency and predicatbility for local permits. It also guarantees permitting decisions - "Yes" or "No" - on pre-determined priority development sites (PDS) within 180 days.

By participating in the program, the Town is promising to respond to 43D development proposals in a timely fashion. Wareham is not promising to say "Yes."  For property owners, Chapter 43D can lead to increased value and visibility for their properties.

For more information, please see SRPEDD's introductory presentation, the Chapter 43D program website, or the Massachusetts General Law statute, itself.

Project Resources

Please click the following links below for background information.  Please also feel free to contact Kenneth Buckland, AICP (Wareham Director of Planning and Community Development) or Grant King, AICP (SRPEDD Principal Comrpehensive Planner) with any questions.

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