Zoning Board of Appeals

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

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Members

  • Sandra Cook, Chair
  • Benjamin Dowling, Vice Chair
  • Arsen Hambardzumian
  • Landis Hershey
  • Bruce A. Wessel
  • Kristen Magas, Alternate
  • Steffani Pelton, Alternate

Overview

Function

The Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) is a permit-granting authority appointed by the Town Manager and has all of the powers and duties prescribed under Chapter 40A of the Massachusetts General Laws. See the North Attleborough Zoning By-laws (PDF).

The ZBA has the authority to hear and decide petitions for:

  • Appeals of zoning orders and decisions made by the Building Commissioner,
  • Variances with respect to land or structures,
  • Special Permits for certain projects as allowed for in the Zoning By-laws, and
  • Comprehensive Permits under Chapter 40B of the Massachusetts General Laws.

The Board of Appeals must act within the time constraints and specifications of the General Laws and the Zoning By-laws. The Board of Appeals may impose conditions, safeguards, and/or limitations as part of its approval of any application.

The Board generally meets once each month to hear any appeals taken from the Building Inspector's decision as to whether a person is entitled to a building permit as well as applications from individuals requesting a variance from the Zoning By-law. The Board is required by law, to hear such appeals and applications and to render written decisions within specified statutory periods. A statutory notice of each hearing is posted in ZBA Legal Notices as well as published in The Sunday Chronicle and mailed to abutters prior to the hearing.

Massachusetts: Chapter 40A - Zoning

See more information regarding State Zoning Laws.

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