Zoning Board of Appeals

Jonathan Gray
Office Manager
Town Hall, Lower Level
Planning & Zoning Office
979 Somerset Avenue 
Dighton, MA 02715
(508) 669-6431 ext. 119
(508) 669-4509

Monday-Thursday: 9am-2pm (Hours vary)
Friday: CLOSED
4th Wednesday/month at 7pm
(subject to change due to COVID-19 - see dates below)

Zachary Caron Chairman 2021
Gregory Logan Vice-Chairman 2022
Michelle Lima Clerk 2022
Jonathan Gale Member 2021
Peter Caron Member 2022
Ryan Eckerson Member 2023
James Aguiar, Jr. Zoning Enforcement Officer  

COVID-19 Update
The Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) encourages individuals seeking to apply for zoning relief to call or email the Office Manager to set up an appointment prior to coming into the office to discuss their case or drop off application materials. Masks must be worn to enter Town Hall. Additionally, in an effort to control the spread of  COVID-19, the Zoning Board of Appeals may hold its meetings and public hearings via teleconferencing software. Individuals wishing to provide public input to the Board on any case are encouraged to do so via voicemail or email. For emails, please include "Public Input" and the address of the subject property in the email subject line, or in the case of Strawberry Fields "Strawberry Fields Public Input - [Your Last Name or Organization]." 

Please see Chapter 53, Acts of 2020, Section 17 for guidance on timelines and deadlines related to permit granting authoirities during the COVID-19 State of Emergency. This legislation is in effect as of March 10, 2020.

Upcoming Key Dates

November 2, 2020, 7:00PMStrawberry Fields continued public hearing, available live on YoutubeDocuments that may be reviewed or discussed at this meeting are available on the sidebar of this page under additional links > "Strawberry Fields Public Documents." Once in Google Drive, utilize the grid/list button (right side of screen) and the arrow next to the "Name" title to sort the documents in chronological order from newest to oldest.

November 17th, 2020, 7:00PM, ZBA Regular Meeting

December 15th, 2020, 7:00PM, ZBA Regular Meeting 

January 27th, 2020, 7:00PM, ZBA Regular Meeting 

Applications for Variances, Special Permits, or Appeals of the Zoning Board of Appeals should be submitted 4 weeks in advance of the next regular meeting of the Zoning Board of Appeals.

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.

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.

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.

Individuals seeking specific accomodations for a disability including but not limited to auxilary aids, services, or materials should contact the Town's ADA Coordinator.