127 Hartwell Street, Suite 100
West Boylston, MA 01583
On Thursday evenings, as needed
Francis J. Cahill
Aaron Goodale, III
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:
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 Thursday 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.