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The Department of Community Development and Planning is made up of four separate divisions commonly referred to as “departments” that have worked together for more than 20 years as a self-directed team. Each division is managed by a Division Head, who reports to the Town Manager on an individual as well as on a collective basis with the other three division heads. The divisions are as follows:
Planning Division – Stephen Colyer, AICP, Director of Planning
Health Division – Everett Penney, Director of Public Health
Conservation Division – Robert Douglas, Director of Conservation
Building Division – Kaija Gilmore, Inspector of Buildings
Responsible for a wide range of activities associated with development, transportation and economic growth in the Town.
Administers land use regulations governing residential, industrial and commercial development in Andover, and is responsible for processing plans for nearly all new projects in the Town.
Responsible for coordinating all major local and regional transportation improvement projects.
Provides professional technical support to the Planning Board, the Zoning Board of Appeals, the Town Manager and the Board of Selectmen, as well as a number of special committees and working groups such as the Housing Partnership Committee.
Represents the Town on the Merrimack Valley Planning Commission and the Merrimack Valley Regional Transit Authority, as well as the River Road Transportation Management Association and the Junction Transportation Management Organization.
Assists Town Counsel in matters involving litigation against the Planning Board.
Maintain appropriate levels of service and facilitate current and new projects with reduced staffing and operating resources.
Provide coordinated responsive service while operating under applicable state laws, and statutory notice and hearing requirements.
Deal effectively with the development and use of remaining environmentally and topographically challenged land.
Deal appropriately with emerging issues related to a maturing community in the context of the health and well-being of the residents; including livable neighborhoods, a vibrant downtown, safe water, a clean environment, and efficient transportation systems.