Planning, Building & Resiliency

The Department of Planning, Building & Resiliency includes multiple functions, including the Building & Zoning Office, Planning Department (Current and Long-Range Planning, Resiliency and Economic Development), the Spencer Trust and Home Repair Program.

​Responsibilities of the Department include: inspections, plan review and issuance of permits, zoning enforcement, implementation of the Comprehensive Plan, preparation of grant applications, review and processing of Planning Board applications, implementation of planning initiatives, completion of energy and resilience projects, project management, and administration of Spencer Trust programs. 

See also:



The Department includes:

  • Director of Planning, Building & Resiliency. In charge of the overall department. Responsible for Planning Board applications (subdivisions, land development projects); implementation of the Comprehensive Plan, including Plan updates; grant proposals and administration; infrastructure projects related to energy, resilience, park development, sidewalks/streetscape, etc.

  • Building and Zoning Officer. Issues building permits; completes plan review for code, zoning compliance; attends Zoning Board of Review meetings, processes complaints about zoning violations. (Building & Zoning Office also includes a part-time electrical inspector and a part-time mechanical inspector)

  • The Economic Development Officer is the main point of contact for applicants requiring Town approvals, such as liquor licenses, sign permits, A-frame signs, commercial developments, etc.

  • The Spencer Trust Administrator (also the Economic Development Officer) is responsible for working with applicants seeking assistance from the Spencer Trust, including requests for a loan for emergency home repairs and ADA accessibility improvements, and referrals to East Bay Community Action and other agencies.

  • Administrative Assistant. Main contact for the Department. Responsible for the day-to-day functions of the Building & Zoning Office. Also posts agendas for and attends Planning Board and Zoning Board meetings (takes minutes for both boards), and handles other tasks as assigned.


Current Planning Initiatives (examples)

  • Electric Vehicle Charging Stations (complete) - installation of Level 3 charging station at Town Hall and a Level 2 charging station at Police Cove Park

FYI: Know your rights. Discrimination under Fair Housing Act


How Your Rights May Have Been Violated

  • Discrimination in renting or buying a home, getting a mortgage, seeking housing assistance, or engaging in other housing-related activities


For more, go to:

Continuing Care Retirement Community at the Former Zion Bible Institute Campus
Home Repair Program

The Town makes available to income-qualified homeowners zero interest loans that are forgiven after five years if the house has not been sold. Eligible projects include roof replacements, heating system replacements, windows and doors, handicap-accessibility projects, etc. For information about applying for a Home Repair Loan, please contact Debra Page-Trim - or 247-1900 x365.

Please note it is illegal to discriminate against any person because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin. More information about Fair Housing: 


Isabelle Gillibrand, Administrative Assistant

  • Phone: 247-1900, extension 326

  • Fax: 247-3765

Philip Hervey, AICP, Director of Planning, Building & Resiliency

Dennis Begin, Building & Zoning Official

Debra Page-Trim, Economic Development Officer and Spencer Trust Administrator 

  • Phone: 247-1900, extension 365

  • Fax: 247-3765

Kim Jacobs, Consulting Resiliency Planner

  • Phone: 247-1900, extension 283

  • Fax: 247-3765

Office Location
  •  Barrington Town Hall

    • Planning, Economic Development, Spencer Trust, Resiliency - Mezzanine Level

    • Building & Zoning - 2nd Floor at the top of the stairs