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FAQ Topic: Abutter's Notification to ZBA Review Process

Why have I received a Legal Notice?

You have received a legal notice because you are an abutter, as defined by State Law, to a proposed project that will be reviewed by the Zoning Board of Appeals.  This notice is required to inform an abutter that a public hearing will be held on a project.  

How do I voice my comments, questions or concerns?

During the public hearing, the Chair will ask if anyone from the public wishes to speak on the proposed project.  Prior to speaking, you are requested to stand and state your name and address for the record.  The following suggestions are provided to assist you in presenting testimony at a public hearing: Confine testimony to … Continued

How long is the public hearing?

The complexity and size of the proposed project determines how long the public hearing will be, typically ranging from one night to several nights.  When a proposed project requires more than one night, the public hearing will be continued to a specified date.  However, as an abutter, it is important to note that you will … Continued

What is the procedure of the public hearing?

a.  The Chair will read the public notice and open the hearing. b.  The Chair will request a presentation of the proposed project from the applicant. c.  Members of the Zoning Board of Appeals will ask questions of the applicant. d.  The Chair will solicit public comments. e.  At the Chair’s discretion, the applicant will … Continued

What is the purpose of a public hearing?

Public hearings serve as a forum for the Zoning Board of Appeals and public to review and comment on the proposed project.  The scope of the Zoning Board of Appeal’s review is restrict to the applicable sections of the zoning bylaw as referenced in the legal notice.  

How can I find out more about the proposed project?

Interested parties can obtain additional information about a proposed project in the following manners: Contact the Zoning Board of Appeals at 978-777-0001 Ext. 3061 Review the application and supporting materials at the Inspectional Services Department. Attend the public hearing.

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