Zoning Board of Appeals

VIRTUAL MEETING GUIDELINES:

- You may view the meeting live at www.andovertv.org or on Comcast Channel 22 or Verizon Channel 45

Members of the public who wish to ask a question on particular agenda items prior to or during the meeting can do so by emailing zoning@andoverma.gov. Members of the public
are encouraged to email their questions ahead of the meeting, however, staff will be available to present the Board with questions received during the meeting.
  Please include your name and address with your question.

-During a virtual meeting, you may also ask a question, voice your support/opposition/concern/etc by calling 978-623-8627. The Administrative Secretary will relay your comment to the Board.

REGULAR MONTHLY MEETINGS:
  • 1st Thursday of every month
  • 6:30 p.m.
  • MEETINGS MAY BE HELD VIRTUALLY UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, or at:
  • Town Offices, 3rd Floor                                                                                           
  • Conference Room A                                                                                                        
  • 36 Bartlet Street                                                                                                       
  • Andover, MA 01810
  • View Archived ZBA Meeting Videos

Agendas & Minutes


Agendas are available prior to the meetings.  Minutes are available following approval.
View Most Recent Agendas and Minutes

Members


Members are appointed by the Board of Selectmen to three-year terms. Five regular members and four associate members serve without pay.

About the Board


The Andover Zoning Board of Appeals is authorized to function under the General Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Chapters 40A and 40B, as well as the Andover Zoning Bylaw (Article VIII).  The Board issues special permits, grants variances and comprehensive permits, and hears appeals from decisions of the Building Commissioner or other administrative officer.
  
Public hearings of the Board are held as the result of applications in the following areas:
  • By a person aggrieved by the decision of the Building Inspector or other administrative officer (Massachusetts General Law, Chapter 40A, Section 13).
  • For a Comprehensive Permit pursuant to M.G.L. Chapter 40B to construct affordable housing within the Town of Andover.
  • For a special permit under the Zoning Bylaw.
  • For a variance from the requirements of the Zoning Bylaw.
Prior to the public hearings, plans and drawings are reviewed, legal advertisements are published and abutters are notified as required by state law. The public hearings are conducted by the Chair in conformity with the Board of Appeals Rules and Regulations. The Board may conduct a site view when necessary. Following the hearings, a duly posted public deliberation meeting is conducted. During deliberation meetings, the Board discusses the petitions and, based on any site views and the evidence presented at the hearing, a vote is taken and a member volunteers to draft a decision. The draft decision is voted on at the following month's meeting, signed by the Chair and filed with the Town Clerk.  Once the decision is filed with the Town Clerk, the statutory 20-day appeal period commences, the applicant / petitioner receives a copy of the decision and the abutters are notified of the decision. Following the conclusion of the appeal period, or any appeal, the decision is recorded at the Essex North Registry of Deeds. (see Quick Links below)