Planning Board

Mission Statement

1.  Execute responsibilities under Massachusetts General Laws
2.  Manage growth to enhance the rural character of West Newbury
3.  Maintain and improve semi-rural roadway aesthetics
4.  Preserve large tracts of open space, link these by greenways, and develop an interconnected multi-use trail system
5.  Support a range of housing options for people of varying age and income levels
6.  Encourage compact development to limit sprawl

Programmatic Goals

1. Update and improve zoning bylaws and subdivision regulations
2. Pursue long-term planning efforts
3. Work with town boards to coordinate, simplify, and clarify procedures and regulations

General Overview

The Planning Board is responsible for reviewing development plans submitted by applicants who apply to develop a parcel of land for residential, commercial, or other uses. Procedures and requirements outlined in state laws, the Zoning Bylaw, and Subdivision Rules and Regulations are followed. A project may involve the need for a Site Plan Review, a Special Permit, a Definitive Subdivision Plan, or endorsing of an Approval-Not-Required plan. Applications are available in the Office of the Town Clerk, and from the Planning Board Office. The Town Clerk's office has the Zoning Bylaw available for $15 and Subdivision Rules and Regulations available for $20.00 each. These documents are also posted on the Town’s website.
The Planning Board meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month in the Planning Board Office on the second floor of the Town Office Building. The public is welcome to attend. Email subsciptions are available for the Planning Board Meeting Agendas. Please click here to join at no cost.  
The Planning Board is responsible for creating and updating the Comprehensive Plan.
The Planning Board, certain other town officials, or residents can initiate the process of amending the Zoning Bylaw. Zoning amendments must follow detailed procedures dictated by M.G.L. Chapter 40A, §5, to ensure that the public is aware of proposed revisions and has sufficient opportunity to provide input. The final changes must be voted on by Town Meeting and receive approval from the office of the Attorney General.

Staff Contacts

Name Title
Leah Zambernardi, AICP Planning Administrator

Board Members (Elected)

Richard W. Bridges



John Sarkis

Vice Chair



Raymond A. Cook



Brian R. Murphey


Dennis Lucey

Associate Member

2017 (Appointed)