Zoning Board of Appeals


  • 6 pm
  • Last Wednesday of every month (NO meeting in December)
  • Video Conference


  • Alan Battistelli, Chair
  • Peter Bergholtz, Vice Chair
  • Tacy SanAntonio, Clerk
  • Britta Cahoon, Member
  • Erin O'Connell, Associate Member
  • Laura Moisin, Associate Member
  • Richard York, Associate Member


Rosa Rescigno, Administrative Assistant

Email: BOAppeals@rockportma.gov

Phone: 781-820-0096


The Zoning Board of Appeals has authority pursuant to The Zoning Act (Chapter 40A of the Massachusetts General Laws) to grant variances from the Rockport Zoning Bylaw, special permits, and special-use permits under the Bylaw and to consider appeals from orders of the Building Inspector.

Decisions are reached by applying to the facts of each case the legal principles and standards set forth in the legislation involved which in most cases is the Rockport Zoning Bylaw and The Zoning Act. In interpreting the pertinent statutes and bylaws, the Board follows its own prior decisions as well as relevant court precedent.

The Zoning Board of Appeals normally holds public hearings on the last Wednesday of each month and public meetings after those hearings; other public hearings and/or public meetings are held when required to handle pending business. Five members of the Board sit on each case; to grant relief requires the concurring votes of four members. An associate member takes the place of any regular member who is unable to act due to absence, conflict of interest, or any other reason.