Planning Board

Planning Board – What is a Planning Board?

The Planning Board is an organized group of selected members of the Town of Bristol in charge of carrying out the future needs, wants, and vision of the Town.  This is accomplished through the Planning Board’s regulatory and non-regulatory functions.

Community planning requires community input. The Town of Bristol is looking for Residents to fill vacant Planning Board openings as alternate members. See how you can help the community plan for its future.

If you are a resident of the Town of Bristol and are interested in filling an opening, ask the Land Use team for an application or click on the link below:

The Planning Board is responsible for the following: 

Master Plan: Adopted and amended pursuant to RSA's 674:2 - 4, the Master Plan aids the Planning Board in the performance of its duties. The comprehensive document considers future growth based on sound planning principles, smart growth, housing needs, economic factors and wise resource management. 

Capital Improvements Program (CIP): The CIP plan is a recommended plan of municipal capital improvements projected over a period of at least six years. It aids the Select Board and the Budget Committee in their consideration of the annual budget (RSA 674:5). The CIP Committee (reporting to the Planning Board) has complete control of this plan, but statute requires them to confer with the Select Board, Budget Committee and other local officials during the plan's preparation. 

Subdivision & Site Plan Review: Regulations for subdivision and site plan review are adopted and amended by the Planning Board according to the RSA 675:6. This law enables the Board to adopt such regulations after a public hearing. 

Excavations: RSA 155:E allows for local regulation of earth excavations.

Zoning Ordinance Updates: The Planning Board regularly updates the Bristol Zoning Ordinance after a public hearing to discuss potential changes and all changes are submitted for approval by the voters each year on the ballot.


Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
Donna Sullivan Land Use Administrative Assistant 603-744-3354 ext 117
Joanne Bailey Land Use Manager 603-744-3354 ext 112

Board Members

John Miller


David Shirley

Vice Chair

Steve Carten


Select Board Representative

Alternate Select Board Representative