Zoning Board of Appeals


  • Robert Moriarty, Chairman
  • Jody Clineff
  • David Merrill
  • David Moniz
  • Gregor Smith


Donna C. Rich
Town Hall
(978) 887-1504

Monday - Thursday 8:00-4:00; Friday 8:00-12
Email: zoning@topsfield-ma.gov or drich@topsfield-ma.gov



Members of the Zoning Board of Appeals are appointed by the Selectmen. They are responsible for issuing variances and special permits in accordance with Massachusetts General Law and the Bylaws of Topsfield. Major areas of concern are variances from the: Table of Uses and Density and Dimensional Regulations in the Topsfield Zoning Bylaw; the Subdivision Control Bylaw.

The Zoning Board of Appeals is also responsible for 40B ComprehensivePermits, which authorize the construction of multi-unit developments, at least 25% of which are affordable under Massachusetts General Law 40B.

The Zoning Board of Appeals also hears appeals of decisions made by the Building Inspector.

Zoning Board of Appeals Rules and Forms

Regular Meetings:

Fourth Tuesday of each month, 8:00 P.M., Town Library

Agendas and Minutes


ZBA Meetings

Tuesday, October 24
8:00 pm : Agenda | Details
Tuesday, November 28
8:00 pm : Agenda | Details
Tuesday, December 26
8:00 pm : Agenda | Details