Planning Board


The Planning Board recently developed a Master Plan for Downtown Rockport. 

Click here to access the Downtown Master Plan
Click here for the Downtown Master Plan overview

The Planning Board studies the resources and needs of the Town, particularly conditions affecting public welfare and safety related to land use and development. It has total responsibility for all subdivisions, for the administration of the subdivision bylaw, and for oversight of land reallocations, protection of wetlands and watershed, and review of site plans required by the town's zoning bylawsZoning Map. The Board has the primary responsibility for the writing of zoning by-laws, which must by approved by Town Meeting. The Town Planner assists the Board in its day-to-day work.

Rockport’s Planning Board consists of five elected officials, each elected for three-year terms. The Board members are Herman S. Lilja, Chairman; Edward S. Hand, Jr., Vice Chairman; Terence P. Duffy; Henry T. Betts, and Cameron L. Smith. Mary Bourguignon is the Board’s Administrative Assistant. Kirk W. Baker, Town Planner, was contracted to assist the Board in overseeing the many legal ramifications of permitting subdivisions, land reallocation, and reviewing site plans.

Office Hours:

Planner Kirk Baker - Hours by Request.
Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Thursdays that have meetings: 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.) 
Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Email Planning Board

Staff Contacts

Name Phone
Kirk W. Baker 978-546-5000, ext. 40252
Mary Bourguignon 978-546-5000, ext. 40251

Board Members

Name Title
Herman S. Lilja Chairman
Edward S. Hand, Jr. Vice Chairman
Kirk W. Baker Town Planner
Hank Betts Member
Terence P. Duffy Member
Jason L. Shaw Member
Mary Bourguignon Administrative Assistant