Openings on Zoning Board of Appeals

The Select Board is looking for volunteers to fill vacancies on the Zoning Board of Appeals. This quasi-judicial body has the responsibility of hearing from property owners who are aggrieved by the Zoning Ordinance or an administrative decision based on the Zoning Ordinance.

Knowledge of the Zoning Ordinance is preferred but can be acquired over time. It is also helpful for volunteers to have previous experience on the Planning Board but is not required.

If interested or for more information, please email letter of interest or call 742-2510 x313


The Rollinsford Zoning Board of Appeals will be in session on Tuesday, April 16th, 2019 at 7:00pm at the Rollinsford Town Hall to hear the following appeal:

Case #: 19-03

Kevin and Lisa Turgeon, 225 Green Street, Somersworth, NH 03878, are seeking a SPECIAL EXCEPTION to Zoning Ordinance Article 5.4: Non-Conforming Lots. The applicants are seeking to merge two existing non-conforming lots, located at Tax Map 3, Lots 36 and 38, on Oak Street, in the Country Residential Zone, resulting in one non-conforming lot comprised of 0.75 acres with 79.26 feet of frontage, whereas buildable lots in the Country Residential Zone require 2 acres and 200 feet of frontage.

Charles Putnam, Chairman
Rollinsford Zoning Board of Appeals

The Town Needs Your Help!

Towns provide many functions. Some of them are more visible to residents than others. Some are required and others are more discretionary. Some of the functions are provided by volunteers. Rollinsford needs more volunteers. Many of the appointments to the boards and committees are expiring in March. We will be voting to fill some of them. Others are appointed by the Select Board right after Town Meeting. Thank you to all of the people who dedicated their time in service to our community this past year. The following are boards and committees on which volunteers serve.  Please read the brief excerpts about them and consider offering your name to be considered for appointment. Each has its own level of commitment which often is not very much time per month. Come meet more of your neighbors!

Planning Board

Meets the first Tuesday of every month at 7:00pm. This is an essential function we must offer to property owners wishing to subdivide or develop their property, start or expand a business or change the use of a property, for example. There is typically no outside work required and meetings are typically not more than two hours. Members should become familiar with the Zoning Ordinance and other planning regulations. There are two vacancies for full-memberships and one alternate position open.

Zoning Board of Adjustment

Meets at the call of the Chairperson when there is a case to be heard (typically 3-5 times per year). This is an essential function we must offer to property owners who feel aggrieved by a land use decision made by the Planning Board, Town or planning regulations. It is a quasi-judicial body.

Conservation Commission

The group manages the conservation land along the Salmon Falls River known as Scoutland, the area beyond the community garden on Foundry Street, and discusses topics important to our natural environment. Some development requires a review by the Conservation Commission and their opinions can inform planning regulations.

Space Needs Committee

This committee worked hard for two years to determine a location for the police department. It was their recommendation to build a new facility to include the town office on Silver Street. This option was not put on the ballot this year. The Select Board will create a new charge for this group to address questions about the condition of the town hall and cost to renovate, locations for a potential police station and other ways we could potentially move forward to meet the needs of the Police Department.

Recreation Committee

These volunteers are the super heroes who recreated the summer recreation program which would otherwise have been discontinued just a few years ago. Recreation could not function without this group. They also manage the youth basketball program and are exploring options for senior programming.

Highway Safety Committee

This group only meets when there is a topic for discussion. They meet to discuss matters of public safety including, but not limited to traffic concerns. They make recommendations to the Select Board regarding roadways, when appropriate.

Stormwater Committee

This committee is necessary for keeping the Town compliant with our MS-4 permit which allows us to discharge stormwaterinto the Salmon Falls River. This is a federal permit which obligates the Town to engage in public outreach and public engagement regarding public activities which pollute waterways as well as water testing and data compilation.

Energy Committee

There are many ways in which the Town could save money with renewable energy. The specific charge of the committee has not yet been created but we know we could change street lights to LED’s or install solar panels on town buildings for example. The Select Board cannot make decisions without people presenting options and associated costs.

Historical Committee

We live in a small town with a lot of history. This group meets monthly to discuss topics of historical significance to Rollinsford and the Salmon Falls region. You don’t have to be an expert on local history to join, just interested in learning, sharing, and preserving the fascinating stories of our town. This group is flexible in making the most of each member’s strengths and interests and setting meetings to work for all members. They provide educational programs, history hikes (2 a year), and in 2019, plan to take on the first (modest!) restoration project, so handy people are especially welcome! 

Public Notice: Zoning Board of Appeals Hearing

Case #: 18-02

The Rollinsford Zoning Board of Appeals will be in session on Wednesday, September 12th, 2018 at 7:00pm at the Rollinsford Town Hall to hear the following appeal:

Phil and Bonnie Jennison, 125 Baer Road, are seeking a VARIANCE to Section 7: Land Space Requirements Table, Table 7, Footnote 9 to permit a lot line adjustment between Tax Map 3, Lots 7-3 and 7-4 to allow for a 9,500 square foot exchange of land between the lots resulting in a gross area of two (2) acres per lot; and an EQUITABLE WAIVER of Dimensional Requirements, Section 7: Land Space Requirements Table, Table 7, Footnote 2 to permit the existing dwelling at 125 Baer Road to be less than 50’ setback from the Baer Road and Fresh Creek Road lot lines.

Charles Putnam, Chairman

Rollinsford Zoning Board of Appeals


The Rollinsford Zoning Board of Appeals will meet on June 27, 2018 at 7:00pm at the Rollinsford Public Library to hold a workshop to discuss Zoning Board procedures, standard forms, educational materials on the zoning process and any other non-case related concerns or issues pertaining to the Board.

Meetings Next Week

The Zoning Board of Adjustment  is meeting Tuesday, May 15th at 7:00 pm at the Rollinsford Town Hall. The purpose of the meeting is to vote in a new chairperson and discuss procedural matters.

The Budget Committee will be meeting on Wednesday, May 16th at 6:30 at the Town Hall

The ad hoc Town Manager Committee will be meeting on Tuesday, May 15th at 4:30 pm at the Rollinsford Public Library


Case #: 17-01

The Rollinsford Board of Appeals will be in session on Thursday, June 1st, 2017 at 7:00pm at the Rollinsford Town Hall to continue the following appeal:

Herbert LaPanne of 160 General Sullivan Way, Rollinsford, NH is seeking a LOT LINE SETBACK VARIANCE to install a pre-fabricated shed 3’ from the existing lot line where as the Zoning Ordinance calls for 15’.

Case #: 17-02

The Rollinsford Zoning Board of Appeals will be in session on Thursday, June 1st, 2017 at 7:00pm at the Rollinsford Town Hall to hear the following appeal:

Oak Street Storage, LLC of 163 Cranberry Meadow Road, Berwick, ME is seeking a VARIANCE from Article 5.4.2.a and Table 6.9: Permitted Uses to allow for the construction of a self-storage facility, without sewer or water utilities, in the Country Residential District, Tax Map 3, Lots 37 and 38.


Joe Caouette, Chairman

Rollinsford Zoning Board of Appeals