Zoning Board of Appeals

Contact the Zoning Board of Appeals
 

The Zoning Board of Appeals is a quasi-judicial board, which interprets and enforces the Town’s Zoning Bylaw.  On a case-by-case basis, the Board of Appeals has the power to hear and decide on petitions for:

  • Appeals from the decisions of the Inspector of Buildings
  • Special Permits issued by this board as allowed under the Zoning Bylaw (see the ZBA Special Permits page for the list.)
  • Variances from the requirements of the Zoning Bylaw
  • Comprehensive Permits under Chapter 40B of Massachusetts General Laws

The Zoning Board of Appeals is comprised of 5 regular full members and 3 associate members, all appointed for 5-year terms by the Board of Selectmen.  The Zoning Board of Appeals is governed by Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 40A, Sections 12-17.  Article XI of the General ByLaws details its membership and qualifications.

The Board of Appeals holds public hearings on all cases before it.  Public hearings are generally held on the third Thursday of each month.  Notice of these hearings must be published 10 business days before the hearing, and property owners who live within 300 feet must also be notified at the same time.  The entire application, hearing and approval process takes a minimum of two months from the time of application to a signed decision.  After a decision is written, signed and filed with the Town Clerk, there is a 20-day appeals period.

Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
Toby Goldstein Assistant to the Zoning Board of Appeals 774-261-4072

Members

NameTerm Expires
David Femia

4/30/2021

Chair

Christopher Olson

4/30/2019

Nathaniel Orciani

4/30/2021

Barur R. Rajeshkumar

4/30/2022

Charles Witkus

4/30/2019

Associate Members

NameTerm Expires
Daniel Cronin

4/30/2020

John Benson

4/30/2021

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