The South Hadley Planning Board is an elected 5-member board who serve staggered 5-year terms. One additional person is appointed jointly by the Select Board and Planning Board to serve as an associate member pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 40A, Section 9.
Planning Department staff primarily provides staff support to the South Hadley Planning Board. However, they also provide limited assistance to the Zoning Board of Appeals, Open Space Committee, Community an Economic Development Commission, Rise of the Falls Facilitation Group, and other various boards, committees, and departments. The town planner is appointed by and reports to the South Hadley Planning Board.