Planning Board


2nd and 4th Mondays at 7:00 PM, Town Hall, Room 5 

Agendas & Minutes 

Agendas are available prior to the meetings; meeting minutes are posted after approval. View Agendas and Minutes.


  • Loren G. Coons, 2021
  • Christine Delisio, 2021
  • Mary M. Foley, 2023
  • Gary Gilbert, 2023
  • Ronald Mastrogiacomo, Chair 2022
  • Christopher Olney, 2023
  • Gary Russell, 2022

The Planning Board is established under the provisions of  Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 41, Section 81A. The purpose of the Planning Board is to guide the development of the Town in the best interests of all of its residents.

  1. Sue Brown

    Town Planner
    Phone: 978-525-6436

  2. Helene Shaw-Kwasie

    Phone: 978-865-3903

  3. Physical Address
    10 Central Street
    Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA 01944


In its role of guiding the development of the Town, the Planning Board has two primary responsibilities:

  • Conduct studies and plans of the resources and needs of the town.
  • Consider land use and the layout and functioning of the public ways as they affect public health and safety. 
The Board hears applications relating to the use and division of land which fall into five general categories:

  1. Approval Not Required (ANR) – the endorsement of a lot conforming to specific requirements.
  2. Subdivision – the division of land into two or more lots, subject to specific Subdivision Rules and Regulations.
  3. Special Permit – required by law for a change of use or for a use not allowed by right in a certain district (zone) or in an overlay of that zone.
  4. Site Plan – required for a significant expansion or change of use of a property.
  5. Opinions – Planning Board opinion may be requested by other boards on matters before them.

The Planning Board is also responsible for drafting zoning bylaws and revisions; Curb Cut Approvals; Storm Water Management (MS4); Scenic Roads and other diverse roles.

Planning Documents