Members: Mark Lucy, Chair; Stuart Lord, Vice-Chair; Henry Andersen; Kenneth Hughes;  Hersh Sosnoff; Mark Totman; Alternates: Kevin O’Neil

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 2017 and application deadlines are as follows:


Wed., January 18, 2017 December 27, 2016
Wed., February 15, 2017 January 24, 2017
Wed., March 15, 2017 February 21, 2017
Wed., April 19, 2017 March 28, 2017
Wed., May 17, 2017 April 25, 2017
Wed., June 21, 2017 May 30, 2017
Wed, July 19, 2017  June 27, 2017
Wed.,  August 16, 2017  July 25, 2017
Wed., September 20, 2017  August 29, 2017
Wed, October 18, 2017  September 26, 2017
Wed, November 15, 2017  October 24, 2017
Wed., December 20, 2017  November 28, 2017
Wed., January 17, 2018  December 26, 2017

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