Members: Stuart Lord, Chair; Drew Gentile, Vice-Chair, Mark Totman; Bebe Bartlett, Doug McAllister; Marc Ohlson, Alternate; George Rau, Alternate; Jake Martin, Alternate

Land Use Administrator: Kim Cyr

Phone: 603-367-4332 x303
Email: [email protected]

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 2021 and application deadlines are as follows: 

Filing Deadline by Noon Meeting Date
December 22, 2020 January 20, 2021  No Meeting
January 26, 2021 February 17    No Meeting
February 23 March 17
March 23 April 21
April 27 May 19
May 25 June 16
June 22 July 21
July 27 August 18
August 24 September 15
September 21 October 20
October 26 November 17
November 23 December 15
December 21, 2021 January 19, 2022


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