Regulatory Boards & Committees
Elected board that serves as the chief executive goal-setting and policy making agency of the Town. Among other responsibilities as outlined in the Orleans Home Rule Charter, the Board enacts rules and regulations establishing town policies, acts as the licensing authority for the Town, and appoints certain personnel, board and committee members. Five members.
Elected board that through the Massachusetts General Laws and state regulations, is responsible for protecting the public health, safety and environment of the community accomplished through enforcement of state laws, the sanitary and environmental code, adopting reasonable local health regulations and by implementing preventive programs. Five members.
Develops rules and regulations and sets policies governing the operation of the municipal water system. Oversees the watershed properties. Five regular and two associate members; with three regular and two associates appointed by the Selectmen, one regular member appointment by the Planning Board and one regular member appointed by the Board of Health.
The Community Preservation Committee implements the requirements of the Community Preservation Act and makes recommendations to the Town Meeting for the use of monies in the Community Preservation Fund. Eligible projects involve opens space, historic preservation, community housing, and recreation that are consistent with a Community Preservation Plan based upon the Local Comprehensive Plan. Nine members; with three members appointed by the Board of Selectmen and six members appointed by specific committees.
Administers the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act (Mass. General Law Chapter 131, Section 40) and the Orleans Wetlands By-Law (Code of the Town of Orleans, Chapter 160); manages conservation properties. Seven regular and three associate members.
Oversees subdivision of land, considers long range planning and initiates changes to zoning by-laws. Five regular and two associate members.
Hears applications and petitions for Special Permits and Variances and makes determinations for granting or denying same under the constraints of the Zoning By-Laws of the Town and Mass. General Laws, Chapter 40A. Hears and decides appeals from decisions of the zoning administrator. Five regular and three associate members.