Topsfield Planning Board


  • Martha A. Morrison, Chairman
  • Steven B. Hall, Clerk
  • Jeanine Cunniff
  • Joseph Geller
  • Josh Rownd


Donna C. Rich
Town Hall
(978) 887-1504
Hours: Monday - Thursday 8:00-4:00, Friday 8:00-12 noon. or


The Planning Board consists of five members elected for overlapping terms. The responsibilities of the Planning Board encompass the overall planning for the use of land and resources within the town. The Planning Board:

  • Is the local authority for the Subdivision Control Act; adopting Rules and Regulations governing the subdivision of land in the Town of Topsfield; reviewing all preliminary and definitive plan submittals; accepting ANR (Approval Not Required) lots.
  • Creates and adopts a Master Plan pursuant to Chapter 41, Section 81D of the General Laws of Massachusetts.
  • Is the Site Plan Review Authority
  • Drafts and submits to Town Meeting zoning bylaws and bylaw amendments
  • Is the Special Permit Granting Authority for Family Accessory Apartments, Common Driveways,Business Park District Development, and Wind Energy Conservation Systems
  • Reviews and approves acceptance of streets as Town public ways with recommendations to the Selectmen and to Town Meeting
  • Under the Scenic Roads Act (Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 40, Section 15C), recommends roads for consideration as Scenic Roads and is the Special Permit Granting Authority for changing features along scenic roads.

Regular Meetings

Traditionally, the f irst Tuesday of the month at 8:00 PM at the Town Library. This schedule is subject to change. Please consult the Town Government Calendar for updated information.

Meeting Schedule with deadling dates for 2017


Meeting Calendar

Tuesday, October 3
7:30 pm : Agenda | Details
Tuesday, November 7
7:30 pm : Agenda | Details
Tuesday, December 5
7:30 pm : Agenda | Details