Best Development Practices

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The Town of Northbridge has prepared this Guidebook for developers and designers as well as project reviewers and municipal boards and commissions, to improve the quality of development and to expedite the local approval process. The objective of the Guidebook is to advance sustainable and low impact design for commercial, industrial, residential and institutional development that comes before the Northbridge Planning Board, Conservation Commission, Department of Public Works, Board of Health and Building Inspector for approval.

The Best Development Practices Guidebook has been prepared in accordance with Chapter 43D of the Massachusetts General Laws and funding through the Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development. The Guidebook is directed toward expediting permitting by providing clear guidance that may reduce the number of meetings or hearing continuances for local approval.  It also provides guidance for owners and municipal inspectors, both during and after construction.