Zoning Board of Appeals

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

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

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 Response 
Town Hall is currently closed to the public. Individuals seeking to apply for zoning relief should email the Office Manager for additional details on how this has temporarily altered our zoning relief application process. In an effort to control the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and in accordance with Governor Bakers action to reduce public gatherings and the temporary suspension of certain provisions of the Open Meeting Law, 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 should provide written testimony 24 hours in advance of any scheduled meeting. Public Input should be submitted to the Office Manager via email, and 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]" 

Upcoming Key Dates

June 9th, 2020, 7:00PM
, Strawberry 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." 

June 24th, 2020, 7:00PM, Town Hall Lower Level Meeting Room - ZBA Regular Meeting (The ZBA is planning to hold this either via remotely with video technology or in person depending on orders from the Governor and guidance from the Town of Dighton Board of Health & Re-Opening Task Force.)

June 24th, 2020, 11:59PM, Deadline for applications for the ZBA's July Regular Meeting

July 22nd, 2020, 7:00PM
, the July Regular Meeting of the ZBA, location or virtual meeting TBD.

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.