Planning Board


The Planning Board consists of five (5) elected members and one (1) appointed associate member.  The Board has the responsibility to review proposed development projects and make decisions in accordance with state/local bylaws and regulations. 

The Planning Board is assisted by the Community Planning & Development Office staffed by a Town Planner, R. Gary Bechtholdt II and a Planning/Conservation Administrative Assistant, Barbara Kinney.

The Planning Board’s official powers and responsibilities are defined in the Northbridge Subdivision Regulations, Northbridge Zoning Bylaws, and as prescribed in Massachusetts General Laws.  The subdivision rules and regulations have been enacted to protect the safety, convenience and welfare of the inhabitants of Northbridge by regulating the laying out of new lots and construction of ways.  In addition to subdivision control, the Planning Board reviews site plan developments in accordance with Chapter 173 of the town's Zoning Bylaw.   

Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
R. Gary Bechtholdt II Town Planner 508-234-2447
Barbara Kinney Administrative Assistant 508-234-0817

Board Members

Name Title
Brian Massey Member
Andrew Howden Associate Member
Michael W. Baker Member
James Berkowitz Vice Chair
Rebecca Rushford Chairman
Member Vacancy Clerk