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Planning Board
Contact TypeContact Information
Town Planner / Energy Efficiency Manager
Secretary, Planning Board & ZBA
22 Monument Avenue
Swampscott, MA 01907
Mon-Thursday 8:00am - 4:30pm
Friday 8:00am - 12:00pm
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George Potts, Vice Chair
Angela Ippolito, Chair
JR Young
Beth Isler (until 4/26/16)
William Quinn
Naomi Dreeben
Board of Selectmen Liaison


Meeting Date
Deadline: Special Permits
Deadline: Administrative Site Plan
Monday, November 9, 2015
Monday, December 14, 2015

Monday, October 19, 2015
Monday, November 23, 2015
Monday, November 2, 2015
Monday, December 7, 2015

Zoning Bylaw Review Subcommittee
At its January 14, 2013 meeting, the Planning Board created a standing subcommittee tasked with reviewing the zoning bylaw for the Town of Swampscott. This committee meets publicly and discusses and evaluates the zoning bylaw in order to recommend changes that could be made for the benefit of the community. The subcommittee acts in an advisory role and reports its recommendations to the Planning Board. The Planning Board reviews the recommendations of the subcommittee and selects those revisions it would like to endorse. Town Meeting makes the final decision any zoning bylaw revision that is included in the warrant.

The subcommittee is made up of the following residents:
  • Bill Quinn, Chair (Planning Board member)
  • Eugene Barden, Vice Chair
  • Jay Mahler
  • Anthony Paprocki
  • Jody Watts
Planning Board Function
The Planning Board has two basic functions: (i) Long range planning and (ii) reviewing, deciding and making recommendations on development proposals.
The Planning Board is an elected board of five-members.  The establishment of municipal Planning Boards is authorized by Massachusetts General Law, chapter 41, section 81A. Among its many diverse roles, the Planning Board’s statutory authority embraces the following more specific functions, paraphrased here from the Mass. General Law:
  • Adopting a master plan and official map of the town;
  • Conducting studies, and, when necessary, preparing plans of the resources, possibilities and needs of the town for submittal to the Selectmen for their consideration;
  • Serving as the local authority for the Subdivision Control Act; adopting Rules and Regulations governing the subdivision of land in the Town of Swampscott; reviewing all preliminary and definitive plan submittals;
  • Drafting and submitting zoning amendments for consideration by the municipality. When a zoning amendment has been put forward, the Planning Board holds the public hearing and may also report its recommendation to the local legislature;
  • Serving as Site Plan Review authority;
  • To report annually to the Town regarding the condition of the Town;
  • Under Mass. Gen. L. ch. 40, 15C, the Scenic Roads Act, the Planning Board is enabled to recommend roads for municipal consideration, and empowers the Planning Board to oversee specified activities.
The Planning Board endeavors to ensure that development in Swampscott reflects the needs, desires and concerns of town residents and complies with applicable laws and regulations.

All Planning Board meetings are open to the public (unless otherwise posted), and we invite you to attend and express your opinions on matters before the board. In addition, many of the matters that come before this board require Public Hearings to solicit the comments of members of the public who may be affected.  If you would like to schedule an appointment to appear before the Planning Board, please contact the Town Planner.


Town of Swampscott
22 Monument Avenue, Swampscott MA 01907
Contact Information

Town Hall Hours
Monday - Thursday: 8:00a.m. to 4:30p.m.
Friday: 8:00a.m. to 12:00p.m.

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