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.
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Did You Know?
Pollinators such as Bumble Bees, Honey Bees, and Hover Flies are responsible for pollinating one-third of the food we eat. These pollinators are under threat from parasites, pesticides, viruses, and loss of both food and habitat.
What can you do to help? Avoid using insecticides and herbicides on your property. Most insecticides are not selective and kill or compromise any insect that comes in contact with them. Similarly, herbicides not only kill the weeds on your patio or driveway and the poison ivy on the edge of your lawn, but also the weeds and wildflowers that support pollinators on the fringes of your property. Both products wash off your property into wetlands and watercourses, further compromising amphibians, fish, and the aquatic plants they feed on.
You can also plant wildflowers, milkweed and other plants designed to attract butterfiles, hummingbirds, and pollinators, which in many case will also support beneficial predators such as Lady Bugs, Lace Wings, and Praying (Preying) Mantis that feed on Aphids, Thrips, and other garden pests.