Boards We Support

The role of the Planning Board is to make short and long term decisions related to land use in the Town of Wellesley. The Planning Board seeks to realize the vision of Wellesley residents for their community through the judicious use of municipal planning and project review. As a result, the Planning Board is responsible for the maintenance and update of the Town's Zoning Bylaws and Zoning Map, divisions of land, and the review of large-scale projects with Town-wide impacts.

The Design Review Board provides a method by which merchants, property owners, and citizens can work with Town agencies to respond to the desire to produce and maintain an attractive environment. The Board provides Design Review for signage, building renovations, and large construction projects. In essence, the Design Review Board is advisory to the Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals, Inspector of Buildings, and the Town as a whole in matters of design.

  • Historical Commission
The mission of the Town of Wellesley Historical Commission is the preservation and protection of the tangible evidence of the architectural, aesthetic, cultural, economic, political, and social history of Wellesley. In pursuit of this mission, the Commission: educates the community on the economic, cultural, and aesthetic values of historic preservation; advocates for local actions that encourage the conservation of historic properties; and addresses major development and growth issues with potential to impact cultural and historic resources.

The purpose of the Historic District Commission is to promote the education, cultural, economic, and general welfare of the public through the preservation and protection of the distinctive characteristics of buildings and places significant in the history of the Town of Wellesley and the Commonwealth. The Commission does this through the maintenance and improvement of such buildings and places and the encouragement of design compatible therewith.

The Denton Road Neighborhood Conservation District Commission is dedicated to the preservation of the Denton Road Neighborhood, a neighborhood that dates back to the 1800s and that contains a variety of homes clustered along a tree-shaded, U-shaped street. The Denton Road NCD serves to conserve the nature of this distinctive neighborhood while also encouraging the compatible new construction that will complement existing buildings.

The Fair Housing Committee is charged with maintaining the Fair Housing Plan, evaluating any under representation of minorities and preparing recommendations to address inequities, keeping other Town boards and the public informed of fair housing law, and investigating complaints regarding housing discrimination.