Planning Board


  • 7 p.m.
  • Held the second Wednesday of each month, except July and December
  • Town Council Chambers
    Portsmouth Town Hall, 2200 E. Main Road

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

Most Recent Agenda | View All Agendas and Minutes


NameTerm Begin DateTerm End Date
Garceau, David M.03/24/1403/26/26
Harding, Luke J. - Vice-Chair05/14/07 09/14/24
Kane-Daly, Norah 05/09/2205/09/26
Lopes, Edward T., Jr. - Chair05/13/1304/23/25
O'Connell, Chris 01/10/2201/10/26 
Tibbetts, Ryan M.10/20/1410/20/26
Wilson, Kathleen10/25/1002/23/27

Read the charter that started the Planning Board.

Board Overview

The Planning Board is responsible for approving all subdivisions (creation of a new lot or revisions of existing lot lines) and land development projects per the provisions of the Land Development and Subdivision Regulations and the Portsmouth Zoning Ordinance. This includes:

  • Cluster housing developments
  • Low and moderate income housing
  • Open space developments
  • Planned corporate developments
  • Planned industrial developments
  • Planned marina developments
  • Planned resort developments
  • Planned retail / service developments
  • Planned unit developments

The Planning Board gives advisory opinions to the Zoning Board of Review for special use permit applications and for applications requiring a variance to the Zoning Ordinance. There are a variety of Planning Board forms and checklists for use.

The Planning Board Administration Officer is available most mornings to answer questions and discuss plans and procedures prior to formalizing an application and to schedule meetings with the Technical Review Committee.

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