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Comments, concerns or questions must be submitted prior to the close of the public hearing by:
Mail: Zoning Board, Town Offices, 36 Bartlet St., Andover, MA 01810
Telephone*: 978-623-8627 (valid only DURING the virtual public hearing of interest to you)
*While the Zoning Board continues to hold virtual public hearings, the Administrative Secretary will summarize & relay your question, comment or concern during the specific hearing.
As with all testimony, it is most helpful to raise concerns early in the process.
The Zoning Board is subject to the Massachusetts Open Meeting Law (M.G.L. c. 30A, §§ 18-25). Responses from Zoning Board Members are strictly limited to during a public hearing. If members of the Zoning Board respond to a communication outside of the public hearing, it could be a violation of the Open Meeting Law. All communications will be discussed and responded to during the public hearings. If your inquiry is more general in nature and not specifically related to a current application on a ZBA agenda, the Zoning Administrative Secretary can assist you in obtaining the answers that you seek.
It takes approximately a minimum of 3 months from the time the application is filed with the Zoning Board to the end of the statutory appeal period (see explanation in General Filing Requirements of when the appeal period starts). MGL Chapter 40A allows the ZBA 100 days from the date of filing a petition for a variance and 90 days from the close of the public hearing for a special permit to file a written decision with the Town Clerk.