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Zoning Board of Appeals
Meetings

Agendas & Minutes
Official meeting agendas are posted at least 2 business days prior, although public hearing notices are posted at least 2 weeks in advance. All agendas & minutes are archived online. View the most recent agenda.

Members
Board Members
Contact  Term Expires
Position
 Gary J. Bacchiocchi
 
 02/2017
 Member
 Sofia Bitzas Williams
   06/2017
 Alternate
 Martin E. Newman
 Email  02/2014  Chair
 Richard Sullivan, III
   02/2015  Member

Overview
The Zoning Board of Appeals is a citizen panel consisting of three members and two alternates appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council. Established and acting under the Zoning Ordinance and M.G.L. Chapter 40A, it hears appeals of administrative zoning actions, petitions for variance relief in the case of a substantial hardship, and certain special permit requests. The Board gives due consideration to promoting the public health, safety, convenience and welfare, encouraging the most appropriate use of land and conserving property values. It will permit no use or condition which is injurious, noxious, offensive or detrimental to a neighborhood, nor will it allow zoning relief which would nullify or substantially derogate from the intent or purpose of the ordinance. The Board is not an enforcement body; contact the Building Department regarding any concerns with zoning compliance.

Applications & Correspondence
Application submissions, correspondence and other business of the Board are coordinated by the Planning Department (mailing address: 59 Court Street, Suite 300, Westfield, MA 01085).  Applicants should understand the Board's procedures and requirements for Special Permits and Variances . Public input is invited on any petition, in person or in writing, prior to the close of the public hearing. File an application or View all pending petitions.