Community Development Board


Pursuant to Chapter 2 of the Acts of 2023 all meetings of the Methuen Community Development Board will be conducted via remote participation to the greatest extent possible. Specific information and the general guidelines for remote participation by members of the public and/or parties with a right and/or requirement to attend a meeting can be found at Methuen Government Meeting Registration. If the public would like to participate in the public hearing please email KB Colwell your questions/comments prior to noon on the day of the meeting.

The questions/comments will be read during the proceedings and responded to accordingly. Non in-person attendance of members of the public will be permitted, but every effort will be made to ensure that the public can adequately access the proceedings in real time, via technological means. In the event that we are unable to do so, despite best efforts, we will post on the City's website an audio or video recording, transcript, or other comprehensive record of proceedings as soon as possible after the meeting.

Agendas & Minutes

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

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  • William Forbes, East District
    Term Expires: December 31, 2025
  • Michael Comei, West District
    Term Expires: December 31, 2023
  • Stephen F. DeFeo, Jr., Central District
    Term Expires: October 15, 2021
  • Ronald Hatem, West District
    Term Expires: December 31, 2023
  • Neal Hunter, West District
    Term Expires: August 31, 2023
  • Shadi Kasis, East District
    Term Expires: January 3, 2026
  • Heather Plunkett, Central District
    Term Expires: October 4, 2024


The Community Development Board's primary jurisdiction is defined in M.G.L. Ch. 40A and 41. Generally Chapter 40A relates to zoning and Chapter 41 relates to the subdivision of land.

Under the city's local zoning ordinances, the Community Development Board is responsible for all projects requiring site plan approval. The Board is the special permit granting authority for the majority of special permits with the Zoning Board of Appeals being responsible for the remainder. The Board is the primary local Board responsible for land use planning and conducts public hearings for proposed zoning amendments.