Members:  Drew Gentile, Chair, Jake Martin, Vice-Chair,George Rau; Doug McAllister; Marc Ohlson, Alternate; Bill Dempster; Alternate and Sharon Schilling, Alternate

Land Use Administrator
Phone: 603-367-4332 x303


The Madison Zoning Board of Adjustment is seeking Madison residents who would be interested in serving on the Zoning Board of Adjustment as either a member of Alternate.

Individuals interested should submit an application to Katharine Young, Land Use Boards Administrator by March 25, 2024 by email to  The application can be found on the Town of Madison’s website home page or feel free to stop in the Madison Town Hall to pick one up.                                                                         

                                                                                                    Posted:  February 13, 2024

Public Meeting:


Public Hearing:
February 21, 2024


February 21, 2024



Meeting Date                        Application Deadline

January 17, 2024                                  December 26, 2023
February 21, 2024                               January 30, 2024
March 20, 2024                                   February 27, 2024
April 17, 2024                                       March 26, 2024
May 15, 2024                                        April 23, 2024
June 19, 2024                                       May 28, 2024
July 17, 2024                                        June 25, 204
August 21, 2024                                   July 30, 2024
September 18, 2024                           August 27, 2024
October 16, 2024                                September 24, 2024
November 20, 2024                           October 29, 2024
December 18, 2024                            November 26, 2024

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 603-367-4332 x303.

Rules of Procedure Amended November 15, 2023

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