Zoning Board of Appeals

The Zoning Board of Appeals acts as a quasi-judicial body deciding whether or not to vary from the Zoning By-Laws. The Zoning Board is empowered to act on appeals, special permits, variances, site plan /architectural review, modifications and comprehensive permits, in accordance with applicable sections of Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 40A, 40B, 41, the Marshfield General Town By-Laws, ZBA Rules and Regulations, and the Town of Marshfield Zoning By-Laws.

Virtually all matters which come before the Board are initiated by residents or businesses seeking relief from the Zoning By-Law. Each application is processed in accordance with the legal requirements and timetables established under the Massachusetts Zoning Act, the Marshfield General Town By-Laws, ZBA Rules and Regulations and the Marshfield Zoning By-Laws.

The Zoning Board of Appeals holds public hearings on applications for zoning variances, special permits, site plan review and decides appeals of administrative decisions of the Town’s Building Commissioner and Zoning Code Enforcement Officer.

The Board recommends that prospective applicants familiarize themselves with the Marshfield Zoning By-Law, a copy of which can be purchased at the Office of the Town Clerk, or viewed at the Marshfield Public Library or viewed online.

Zoning Board hearings are held on Tuesday evenings in Hearing Room 2 of the Town Hall, 870 Moraine Street. The Board has a Zoning Aide available, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, to assist you in answering questions.

Staff Contacts

Name Title
Gerald P. O'Neill Zoning Code Enforcement Officer
Nanci M. Porreca Zoning Aide

Board Members

NamePositionAppointedCurrent Term Expires
Mark A. Ford

Vice Chairman

2014

2018

Lynne Fidler

Clerk

2014

2017

Heidi Conway

Member

2014

2019

Francis X. Hubbard

Member

2014

2017

Brian Murphy

Associate Member

2014

2017

Richard Murphy

Associate Member

2014

2019