Members: Mark Lucy, Chair; Stuart Lord, Vice-Chair; Henry Andersen; Kenneth Hughes;  Mark Totman; Alternates: Kevin O’Neil; Melissa Arias; Bebe Bartlett

Land Use Boards Administrative Assistant: Colleen King
Phone: 603-367-4332 x302

State statute outlines the authority of towns to adopt a zoning ordinance and the extent to which a zoning ordinance may regulate the use of land. Four groups are involved with the formulation and administration of a zoning ordinance and map: the planning board, the local legislative body (town meeting), the administrative officers (planning board, selectmen, and code enforcement officer), and the board of adjustment.

The board of adjustment hears appeals from any order, requirement, decision, or determination made by an administrative official and administers special provisions in the ordinance dealing with variances and special exceptions. The board has the authority to act in four separate and distinct categories:

1. Appeal from Administrative Decision – to review a claim that the administrative officer has incorrectly interpreted the terms of the ordinance

2. Special Exception – to grant those exceptions that are clearly specified in the zoning ordinance; a permitted land use that is allowed when clearly defined criteria and conditions contained in the ordinance are met

3. Variance – to allow a relaxation or waiver of any provision of the ordinance authorizing the landowner to use his or her land in a manner that would otherwise violate the ordinance

4. Equitable Waiver of Dimensional Requirement – to address situations where a good faith error was made in the siting of a building or other dimensional layout issue

The Madison Zoning Board is appointed by the Board of Selectmen and meets as needed on the third Wednesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. in the downstairs meeting room of Town Hall to hear testimony on applications.  The application may be downloaded from the website. For procedural assistance or information please call the Land Use Administrative Assistant at 367-4332 x302.

The meetings scheduled for 2018 and application deadlines are as follows:


Wed., January 17, 2018 December 26, 2017
Wed., February 21, 2018 January 30, 2018
Wed., March 21, 2018 February 27, 2018
Wed., April 18, 2018 March 27, 2018
Wed., May 16, 2018 April 24, 2018
Wed., June 20, 2018 May 29, 2018
Wed, July 18, 2018  June 26, 2018
Wed.,  August 15, 2018  July 24, 2018
Wed., September 19, 2018  August 28, 2018
Wed, October 17, 2018  September 25, 2018
Wed, November 28, 2018  November 6, 2018
Wed., December 19, 2018  November 27, 2018
Wed., January 16, 2019  December 26 , 2018

Rules of Procedure 2016-09

See “Application” tab to download Zoning Board application.

See “Regulations” tab for the following regulations/ordinances:

  • Zoning Ordinance
  • Subdivision Regulations
  • Site Plan Review Regulations
  • Excavation Regulations