Planning and Development
The Office of Planning and Development Services (OPDS) is comprised of three divisions: Planning, Inspection Services, and Economic and Community Development. OPDS provides town staff support to land use commissions, long term planning, building inspection, zoning, wetland and blight code enforcement, economic and business development, and community development.
The department acts as a liaison with Federal, State and local agencies. It regulates and promotes development activities on behalf of the Town and provides planning and technical staff assistance to town departments, boards or commissions and political subdivisions as needed. The department’s mission is to guide development through the sound and orderly use of land, the conservation of energy and resources, to promote the economic well-being of the community, and to ensure the safe occupation of buildings, structures, and uses. The department is also responsible for enhancing the character and quality of the town’s neighborhoods and preserving opportunities for healthy and sustainable environments that contribute to a high quality of life for all people who live, work and visit Groton.
More detailed information about departmental functions, special projects, and individual division activities can be found by clicking on the categories to the left.