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
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 2020 and application deadlines are as follows: 

Filing Deadline by Noon Meeting Date
December 23, 2019 January 15, 2020
January 28, 2020 February 19
February 25 March 18
March 24 April 15
April 28 May 20
May 26 June 17
June 23 July 15
July 28 August 19
August 25 September 16
September 29 October 21
October 27 November 18
November 24 December 16
December 29 January 20, 2021

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