Zoning Board of Appeals

Purpose

The Zoning By-laws provide for certain building requirements, and it is the role of the Board of Appeals to determine whether relief from these regulations is warranted in certain situations. To that end, the Board of Appeals hears and makes decisions on applications for:

  • Alteration or extension of a pre-existing, non-conforming structure or lot
  • Appeals of the decisions of the Building Inspector
  • Comprehensive Permits
  • Special permits for the reconstruction
  • Special Permits
  • Variances from zoning regulations

Duties

The Board makes every effort to consider the opinions of the petitioners, their neighbors, and other interested Town entities such as the:

  • Board of Health
  • Board of Selectmen
  • Building Inspector
  • Conservation Commission
  • Historical Commission
  • Planning Board
  • Town Engineer

Questions & Assistance

Assistance with applications and questions related to the Zoning Board of Appeals may be directed to Valerie Geary, Zoning Board of Appeals Staff Assistant or John Field, Land Use Coordinator.

Meetings

The Board of Appeals typically meets twice a month. The Board’s hearings are public, and notices appear in the local newspaper and are mailed to legal abutters. Notices of hearings are posted at the Town Clerk’s office and on the Meeting Calendar.

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Members

Members of the Zoning Board of Appeals are appointed by the Board of Selectmen and serve a three-year term.

  • Winifred I. Li, Chair
    Term expires: 2021
  • Jane Fisher Carlson
    Term expires: 2022
  • Alan D. Rose, Jr.
    Term expires: 2020
  • Stephen J. Larocque (Associate Member)
    Term expires: 2021
  • Sujit Sitole (Associate Member)
    Term expires: 2022
  • Natalie B. Sawyer (Associate Member)
    Term expires: 2020

Background

The Town of Weston adopted its first set of zoning regulations in 1928. Since that time, the Zoning By-laws have been amended periodically to promote the health, safety, convenience, morals, and welfare of the citizens of the Town.