Zoning Board of Appeals

Contact:
Kerrie Easterday
Office Manager
Address:
Town Hall, Lower Level
Planning & Zoning Office
979 Somerset Avenue 
Dighton, MA 02715
Phone:
(508) 669-6431 ext. 114
Fax: 
(508) 669-4509
Hours:

Meetings:
Mon, Tues & Thur: 7:30am-4:30pm
Wed: 7:30am-5:30pm
Friday: CLOSED
4th Wednesday/month at 7pm
(subject to change due to COVID-19)

Members
NAME
TITLE
TERM
Zachary Caron Chairman 2021
Gregory Logan Vice-Chairman 2022
Jonathan Gale Member 2021
Peter Caron Member 2022
James D. Aguiar, Jr. Zoning Enforcement Officer  
     
     
     

Zoning Enforcement
For all zoning enforcement matters, please contact the Dighton Building Department.

COVID-19 Update
Updated as of 1/4/21: Dighton Town Hall is currently closed to the public. The Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) encourages individuals seeking to apply for zoning relief to call or email the Office Manager to discuss their case, and drop off application materials addressed to the ZBA in the drop box located at the base of the ramp leading to the front entrance to 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.

Upcoming Key Dates

  • April 28th, 2021, 7:00PM, ZBA Planned Regular Meeting 
  • May 26th, 2021, 7:00PM, ZBA Planned Regular Meeting 
  • June 23rd, 2021, 7:00PM, ZBA Planned Regular Meeting 

Applications
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.

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.

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