Zoning Board of Appeals

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ZBA Decisions

ZBA Decisions


Members Position Term Expiration
John J. McNicholas Chair  2024
William McNiff Member  2023
Michael W. Whitcher Member  2022
Charles H. Peck Associate Member  2022
Jared Spinelli Associate Member  2022
Jared Gustavson Associate Member  2022

Overview

Members

The Board of Appeals for Zoning (ZBA), as defined by Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 40A, consists of three members and three associate members, who participate in hearings if regular members are absent. One member is appointed by the Selectmen annually for a three-year term.

Responsibilities

The Board of Appeals reviews questions which concern the Zoning Bylaws. A property owner denied a permit or wishing to contest a decision of the Building Inspector may bring an appeal to the Board. A public hearing is held at which abutters and/or other interested parties may speak on the issue. Decisions of the ZBA are final unless the petitioner takes the matter to the Superior Court. The Building Inspector has authority to enforce decisions of the Board of Appeals.

Zoning Bylaw

The Zoning Bylaw of the Town, in many instances, states that a certain usage of land or a building is permitted within a given zoned area "with the approval of the Board of Appeals." Under certain conditions a resident may operate a business from home with the approval of the Board of Appeals.


ZBA Application & Rules and Regulations: HERE

Effective 1/1/21: Legal Notice Billing Agreement Form

Effective 11/19/21: Board of Health Stormwater Permit Threshold

1. Please make contact with the Building Commissioner for review of your zoning relief request. Section 6 Findings Worksheet to determine if any nonconformities exist and if any preexisting nonconformities are being extended, or new nonconformities are being created. 

2. Please contact the Town Planner for information on the meeting schedule and agenda availability

3. Please contact the Board of Health for stormwater review as early in the process as possible if your project meets the following criteria: 

The construction, extension, or alteration of any subdivision or of any structure or project requiring site plan approval, or a special permit in the Flood Plain, Watershed Protection, or Aquifer Protection Districts.

Getting a stormwater approval from the Board of Health before ZBA will reduce duplication of consultant review fees. 

Public Hearing Protocols

Information for applicants, abutters, and other interested parties. 

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Projects Under Review:

December 1, 2021

Hinkley South LIP 40B, off Ice House Rd (application and plans)

Zoom Recording

December 8, 2021

14 Deerfield Drive

198 Causeway Street

21 Hearthstone Drive

January 5, 2022

Hinkley South LIP 40B, off Ice House Rd (application and plans)

January 12, 2022

February 9, 2022

March 9, 2022