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Zoning Board of Appeals
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Contact:
zba@westboylston-ma.gov
Address:
127 Hartwell Street, Suite 100
West Boylston, MA 01583
Phone:
508-835-6240
Fax:
508-835-4102
Hours:
Third Monday of the month, and as needed
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Board Members
Full Members
Term Expires
John Benson
4/30/2016
Francis J. Cahill
4/30/2016
Jon Meindersma
4/30/2017
Kristina Pedone
4/30/2014
Charles Witkus
4/30/2014
Associate Members
Name
Term Expires
David Femia
4/30/2015
Aaron Goodale, III
4/30/2014
Paul Hennessey
4/30/2016
The Zoning Board of Appeals is a quasi-judicial board, which interprets and enforces the Town’s Zoning Bylaw.  On a case-by-case basis, the Board of Appeals has the power to hear and decide on petitions for:

  • Appeals from the decisions of the Inspector of Buildings
  • Special Permits as allowed under the Zoning Bylaw
  • Variances from the requirements of the Zoning Bylaw
  • Comprehensive Permits under Chapter 40B of Massachusetts General Laws
The Zoning Board of Appeals is comprised of 5 regular full members and 3 associate members, all appointed for 5-year terms by the Board of Selectmen.  The Zoning Board of Appeals is governed by Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 40A, Sections 12-17.  Article XI of the General ByLaws details its membership and qualifications.

The Board of Appeals holds public hearings on all cases before it.  Hearings are generally held on Monday evenings on an “as-needed” basis.  Notice of these hearings must be published 14 days before the hearing, and property owners who live within 300 feet must also be notified at the same time.  The entire application, hearing and approval process takes a minimum of two months from the time of application to a signed decision.  After a decision is written, signed and filed with the Town Clerk, there is a 20-day appeals period.

 
Town of West Boylston 127 Hartwell Street, Suite 100, West Boylston, MA 01583
Phone: 508-835-6240 Fax: 508-835-4102
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