Madison Zoning Board of Adjustment

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

Posted:  February 13, 2024

Public Hearing:
April 17, 2024

Agenda:
April 17, 2024

Madison Zoning Board 2024 Schedule

Application Deadline

December 26, 2023

January 30, 2024

February 27, 2024

March 26, 2024

April 23, 2024

May 28, 2024

June 25, 204

July 30, 2024

August 27, 2024

September 24, 2024

October 29, 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