Planning and Community Development

Mission Statement

The express mission of the Department of Planning and Community Development [including Conservation Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals] is to make Wareham a better place to live, work, raise a family, and run a business. From the initial visioning and planning that leads to a project, out to the finish of construction, this department strives to provide superior customer service to residents, businesses and other town offices. There are four major activities:

  • We havae drafted a new, updated master plan - a vision of the future Wareham that is created by and for the community.We thank you for your participation and input. Watch for announcements and meetings on future updates!
  • As we try to diversify and strengthen our economic base, we are working with our industrial and commercial sectors to ensure they view Wareham as an inviting community that is improving conditions for all.
  • We also recognize that high quality open space and preservation of natural resources improves property values and the attractiveness of our town. We strive for balance. 
  • The Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals are always attempting to improve the required local project reviews. While antiquated state land use laws play a major role in what may realistically be accomplished in our town, this department is here to help. The staff has a dedicated work ethic to achieve the best outcomes and is available to explain the planning and permitting steps to you.

Please stop in or contact the office and tell us what's on your mind and let us know how we are doing in completing our tasks. 

Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
Kenneth Buckland Director of Planning and Community Development (508) 291-3100 ext: 6501
Sonia Raposo Assistant to the Planning Department (508) 291-3100 ext. 6500