Citizens Guide - Zoning Board of Appeals

About the Zoning Board of Appeals

 

Appointed by the Town Council, the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) consist of five regular members serving four-year terms and three alternate members serving two-year terms, with not more than a bare majority from any one party.  The list of current ZBA members is available here.

 

Powers and Duties

 

The ZBA derives its zoning powers from Chapter 124 of the Connecticut General Statutes.  As per CGS Section 8-7, the ZBA hears and decides appeals where it is alleged that there is an error in an order, requirement, or decision made by the Zoning Enforcement Officer (ZEO); and can vary the application of the Zoning Regulations when strict enforcement would result in exceptional difficulty or unusual hardship, provided that the variance is in harmony with the general purpose and intent of the Regulations; due consideration is given for conserving the public health, safety, convenience, welfare, and property values; and the variance will result in substantial justice being done.  The ZBA cannot hear an appeal from a decision of the TPZC, which can only be appealed in superior court.

 

 

Table of Contents

Main Page

TPZC Meetings Explained

Planning Department

Town Planning and Zoning Commission

Zoning Board of Appeals

General Procedures

 

 

Did You Know?

The Town has a Staff Development Team that meets weekly to comprehensively review all development proposals prior to their review by the Town's land use commissions.  The Staff Development Team, combined with the central arrangement of offices on the second floor of Town Hall and a little bit of cross-training, create a "one-stop shopping" environment for residents and businesses, so chasing down numerous Town officials or the scheduling conflicts found in other towns are rare occurrences in Windsor.