Zoning Board of Appeals

Contact:
Jonathan Gray
Office Manager
Address:
Town Hall, Lower Level
979 Somerset Avenue 
Dighton, MA 02715
Phone:
(508) 669-6431 ext. 119
Fax: 
(508) 669-4509
Hours:

Meetings:
Monday-Thursday: 8am-1pm (Hours vary)
Friday: CLOSED
4th Wednesday/month at 7pm
in Lower Level Town Hall Meeting Room

Members
NAME
TITLE
TERM
Zachary Caron Chairman 2020
Gregory Logan Vice-Chairman 2020
Michelle Lima Clerk 2020
Jonathan Gale Member 2020
Peter Caron Member 2020
James Aguiar, Jr. Zoning Enforcement Officer 2020
     

Special Permits
Uses allowed by special permit where community input and a review of the specific project is desired. The uses must be in harmony with the general purpose and intent of the bylaw, and may be subject to general or specific conditions set forth therein.

Variances
The board's authority to grant a variance is limited to cases where the Board finds that owing to the circumstances relating to the soil conditions, shape, or topography of the land or structures and especially affecting such, but not affecting generally the zoning district in which it is located, a literal enforcement of the provisions of the bylaw would involve substantial hardship; also desirable relief may be granted without substantial detriment to the public good and without substantially derogating from the intent or purpose of the bylaw.

Appeals
The board acts as a quasi-judicial body and determines whether the decision or order is legally correct. Persons aggrieved by inability to obtain a building permit or enforcement action from the Building Commissioner may appeal to the Zoning Board of Appeals within thirty (30) days of the Building Commissioner's action.

Comprehensive Permits (Chapter 40B)
M.G.L. Chapter 40B enables the local Zoning Board of Appeals, in consultation with other local boards and officials, to grant a single permit to an eligible developer proposing state or federally subsidized low or moderate income housing at a density greater than allowed by local zoning. The board may override local requirements and regulations that are inconsistent with affordable housing needs if environmental and planning concerns have been addressed.