CHESTER – The Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) is looking for alternates to fill out its volunteer ranks. The board currently has four members and two alternates, but is looking for interested residents to make sure they can properly do their job.
While the ZBA needs three members for a quorum, often those meeting with the group prefer a full board because of the importance of the decisions it often needs to make.
The ZBA is primarily tasked with deciding on whether applicants’ will be allowed to deviate from the town’s zoning rules and regulations.
The board hears three kinds of cases: requests for variances, requests for special exceptions and appeals of decisions by town zoning officials or other boards. While some of the requests that come before the quasi-judicial board are boilerplate requests, relatively easy to decide, others are more complicated and nuanced and can have far reaching effects on development in town.
There is no experience required for the seat, but usually alternates and new members sit in on meetings ahead of time and talk with current members to get a better understanding of the role.
If interested, contact ZBA administrative assistant Janet Boyden at 887-4343.
Her office hours are Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Or email firstname.lastname@example.org or attend a meeting.
The Board meets and holds public hearings on the third Tuesday of the month in the main meeting room at the Municipal Building.