Planning Board



Planning Board

Planning Board applications are accepted inside Town Hall at 8 Maple Street.  Meetings are being held in person upstairs in Town Hall and via Zoom video conferencing but is subject to change.  The Planning Board holds public hearings on the first Thursday of each month.

Gran Smith Road Walk 11-15-20 (2)

The Sandwich 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 Babcock, Chair
Rich Benton, Administrative Secretary
Ray Cameron
Julie Dolan, Recording Secretary
Mary Hillsgrove
Brewster Lee, Vice Chair
Caroline Nesbitt, Selectman
Will Speers
Geoff Tyson, Alternate

For questions, please contact Susan MacLeod, Land Use Secretary via email at 

Planning Board Application(s)
In order to simplify the application process, the various Planning Board applications have been separated out below by category.  A Planning Board Fee Schedule can be found here.
Planning Board Application - Design Review
Planning Board Application - Subdivision and Boundary Line Adjustment
Planning Board Application - Site Plan Review
Planning Board Application - Excavation Permit
Planning Board Application - Scenic Road Cut
Planning Board Application - Preliminary Consultation

Planning Board Application - All Inclusive

2022 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 6, 2022                              December 13, 2021                                    Dec. 7, 2021

February 3, 2022                            January 10, 2022                                        January 4, 2022

March 3, 2022                                Feb. 7, 2022                                                February 1, 2022

April 7, 2022                                   March 14, 2022                                           March 8, 2022

May 5, 2022                                    April 11, 2022                                              April 5, 2022

June 2, 2022                                   May 9, 2022                                                May 3, 2022

July 7, 2022                                    June 13, 2022                                             June 7, 2022

August 4, 2022                               July 11, 2022                                              July 5, 2022

September 1, 2022                         August 8, 2022                                            August 2, 2022

October 6, 2022                              September 12, 2022                                   September 6, 2022

November 3, 2022                          October 11, 2022 (Tuesday)                       October 4, 2022

December 1, 2022                          November 7, 2022                                      November 1, 2022

January 5, 2023                              December 12, 2022                                    December 6, 2022

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

Planning Board Rules of Procedure

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Mailing: PO Box 194, Center Sandwich, NH 03227
Phone:  603-284-7701

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