Planning Board

The Planning Board is actively involved with all aspects of land use within the Town including regulation of the Subdivision Control Law and Newbury's Zoning By-law.  The Board continuously reviews its Zoning By-law for improvements and amendments to meet the demands of the Town and its growth patterns.  

The Newbury Planning Board is responsible for:
•Updating the Town's Master Plan
•Holding Public Hearings and making recommendations on proposed Zoning or amendments
•Determining if a plan is exempt (ANR) from State Subdivision Control Law
•Adopting Subdivision Rules and Regulations
•Review and Approval or Disapproval of Subdivision Plans
 
The Newbury Planning Board is not responsible for:
•Enforcing Zoning Bylaws (Zoning Enforcement Official)
•Administrative Appeals (for example, regarding the Building Inspector's decisions)
•Granting Variances
•Wetland Protection Act and regulation permits and enforcement
•Title V (septic system) permits and enforcement
•Business Licenses (Board of Selectmen)

The adoption of Zoning bylaws or amendments must be done at town meeting by at least a 2/3 majority vote. The primary zoning enforcement officer is the Building Inspector and appeals and requests for variances are handled by the Zoning Board of Appeals. Wetlands regulation is the responsibility of the Conservation Commission and Title V regulation is the responsibility of the Health Agent and the Board of Health. Business permits are granted by the Selectmen.

The Newbury Planning Board is not responsible for enforcing zoning bylaws, administrative appeals (for example, regarding the Zoning Enforcement Official's decisions), granting variances, DEP Wetlands Protection Act, Title V (septic system) permits and enforcement or business permits.

The adoption of Zoning bylaws or amendments must be done at town meeting by at least a 2/3 majority vote. The primary zoning enforcement officer is the Building Inspector and appeals and requests for variances are handled by the Zoning Board of Appeals. Wetlands regulation is the responsibility of the Conservation Commission and Title V regulation is the responsibility of the Health Agent and the Board of Health. Business permits are granted by the Selectmen.

NOTE:  The version of the Newbury Bylaws, in whole or in part, which appear on this website may not reflect the most current legislation adopted by the Town of Newbury.  The print version of the Bylaw/Code, together with any amendments adopted subsequent to the most recent update to the print version, remain the official version of the Bylaw/Code.  Therefore, if discrepancies exist between the print and internet versions of the Bylaw/Code, the most recent version, together with any amendments, as maintained by the Town Clerk shall be considered legally enforceable.  The official version of the Newbury Bylaws including both text and maps, please contact the Newbury Town Clerk.  For general information regarding Building/Zoning information, please contact Inspectional Services, Building Department.

Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
Martha Taylor Town Planner/Alternate Newbury MVPC Commissioner (978) 465-0862 ext. 312

Board Members

Name Title
Martha Taylor Town Planner/Alternate Newbury MVPC Commissioner

Board Members

NameTitleTerm Affiliation
John Weis

Chairperson

May 2020

Newbury MVPC Commissioner

George Morse

Vice Chair

May 2019

Liaison to Zoning Board of Appeals

Member

May 2021

Liaison to Conservation Commission

Elizabeth Mitchell

Member

May 2018

James Robinson

Member

May 2017

Peter Paicos

Associate Member

May 2016

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