The Montague Planning & Conservation Department is responsible for:
- Land use planning
- Natural resource protection
- Economic and community development activities identified in Town Plans
The primary function of the Department is to manage regulatory process for development proposals submitted to the Planning Board pursuant under the Zoning Bylaw and Subdivision Control Law; and to the Conservation Commission pursuant under the MA Wetlands Protection Act Regulations. As part of that process the Department evaluates development proposals for their contribution toward community planning goals as documented in Montague Comprehensive Plan and other local strategic plans. The Department is also actively engaged in programs and projects that help the community achieve its planning goals.
The Department administers the public arts program known as, RiverCulture, to promote the arts/culture and creative economy of Montague. The Department also provides technical support to the Selectboard, Battlefield Grant Advisory Committee, and the Economic Development and Industrial Corporation (EDIC). The Department represents the Town and its interests at both the regional and state level through a variety of projects and planning initiatives.