Zoning Board of Appeals
|Town Hall, Lower Level
Planning & Zoning Office
979 Somerset Avenue
Dighton, MA 02715
|(508) 669-6431 ext. 114|
|Mon, Tues & Thur: 7:30am-4:30pm
4th Wednesday/month at 7pm
(subject to change due to COVID-19)
|Susan Gray Pritchard||Member||2024|
|James D. Aguiar, Jr.||Zoning Enforcement Officer||2022|
For all zoning enforcement matters, please contact the Dighton Building Department.
Upcoming Key Dates
- June 23, 2021, 7:00PM, ZBA Planned Regular Meeting
- July 28, 2021, 7:00PM, ZBA Planned Regular Meeting
- August 25, 2021, 7:00PM, ZBA Planned 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.
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.