Planning Board

About the Board

The Planning Board upholds and implements the community's development policies through the review and approval of, among other things, subdivision plats, site plans and special permit applications. The board also reports on all matters referred to it by the local legislative body, including amendments to the zoning ordinance and the adoption of official maps.

In carrying out their charge, planning boards make decisions that change neighborhoods and landscapes. Each choice can add to or detract from the character of a village, town or city, and some decisions even have effects beyond municipal boundaries. Decisions the Board makes also sets precedents for future actions.

These decisions should involve determining what is best for the community as a whole, rather than reacting to each proposal as if it were an isolated action. Planning boards utilize tools, including comprehensive or master plans, zoning laws, and subdivision regulations to ensure that changes made are for the better.


Planning Board Schedule 2022



Agendas & Minutes

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

View Most Recent Agenda | View All Agendas and Minutes


Recordings of recent meetings are available via the WACA-TV Youtube Channel.

Board Members

  • Catherine D. Jurczyk 
    Term Expires 5/2025
    Elected
  • Deepa Venkat
    Term Expires 5/2026
    Elected
  • Patricia M Kendall, Chair  Term Expires 5/2024      
    Elected


  • Anna Tesmenitsky
    Term Expires 5/2023
    Elected
  • Marcelo Arjona
    Term Expires 5/2027
    Elected
  • Kevin McClean, Associate Member
    Term Expires 6/2023
    Appointed Jointly by Planning Board and Board of Selectmen

Learn more about the Planning Board members here

Email the Planning Board - ashland.planningboard@ashlandmass.com

This email address reaches all Planning Board members listed above, as well as the Town Planner and Assistant Town Planner.