Planning Board



Planning Board

Land use matters are considered essential business by the Governor and Attorney General of New Hampshire. During the Covid-19 period, the public hearing of applications will be held via Zoom. Any resident of the town may participate in these “virtual” meetings by contacting Martha Carlson, Land Use Secretary, at 603-284-6800 or to receive instructions and assistance. Gran Smith Road Walk 11-15-20 (2)

The Planning Board is appointed by the Board of Selectman to regulate and guide development within the town so it occurs at an orderly and reasonable rate. The Sandwich Zoning Ordinance and supporting regulations reflect the wishes of the citizenry as expressed through the ballot and the comprehensive Master Plan.

The Planning Board considers proposals by private landowners, the Town, private utilities, and corporations with an aim to balance the rights of private landowners with the needs and wishes of the Sandwich community. The Planning Board also regularly reviews and proposes amendments to the Town’s Zoning Ordinance and regulations.

The Master Plan directs the Planning Board to preserve the scenic beauty and healthfulness of the Town giving particular attention to land use in the vicinity of lakes, ponds, streams, wetlands and steep slopes. This is done to preserve the natural beauty of the land, to preserve recreation lands and wildlife habitat, to maintain property values and to plan for public services.

Planning Board Members:

Mike Babock, Chair
Rich Benton, Administrative Secretary
Ray Cameron, Alternate
Julie Dolan, Recording Secretary
Mary Hillsgrove
Janina Lamb
Brewster Lee, Vice Chair
Caroline Nesbitt, Selectman
Ben Shambaugh
Will Speers, Alternate

Please contact the Planning Board's Land Use Secretary, Martha Carlson, 707-2203 or email: for assistance.

Sandwich Planning Board

2021 Meeting Dates and Application Deadlines

Applications are heard on the first Thursday of each month. Board business is conducted on the third Thursday of each month.


Meeting Date                                 Application Deadline (24 days before)    Tree Cut (30 days)

January 7, 2021                              December 14, 2020                                    Dec. 8, 2020

February 4, 2021                            January 11, 2021                                        January 6, 2021

March 4, 2021                                Feb. 8, 2021                                                February 2, 2021

April 1, 2021                                   March 8, 2021                                             March 2, 2021

May 6, 2021                                    April 12, 2021                                             April 6, 2021

June 3, 2021                                   May 10, 2021                                             May 4, 2021

July 1, 2021                                    June 7, 2021                                               June 2, 2021

August 5, 2021                               July 12, 2021                                              July 6, 2021

September 2, 2021                         August 9, 2021                                            August 3, 2021

October 7, 2021                              September 13, 2021                                   September 7, 2021

November 4, 2021                          October 12, 2021 (Tuesday)                       October 5, 2021

December 2, 2021                          November 8, 2021                                      November 2, 2021

January 6, 2022                              December 13, 2021                                    December 7, 2021

The Planning Board recently adopted new Rules of Procedure:  You can read them here:

Planning Board Rules of Procedure

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Phone:  603-284-7701

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