Zoning Board of Adjustment

The Planning Board and Zoning Board of Adjustment are directed by RSA's 672 through 678.

There are five basic functions of a Zoning Board of Adjustment in NH:

  1. Interpreting the terms of the zoning ordinance, or the application of those terms to a particular set of facts.
  2. Determing whether a proposed use of project, or some aspect thereof, is "grandfathered" from having to comply with the terms of the ordinance.
  3. Determining whether to allow a legalized violation of the ordinance ("variance") is necessary to prevent the ordinance terms from being unconstitutional as applied.
  4. Granting a special exception as specifically allowed by the ordinance if the criteria set out in the ordinance are met.
  5. Granting an "equitable waiver" which would legalize a dimensional violation when it would be unfair to require correcting it.

Board Members

NameTitleTerm

Chair

2020

Teresa Bascom

Vice-Chair

2021

Terry Bonser

2020

Peter White

2021

Raelene Shippee-Rice
Kevin Bassett

Alternate

2022

Staff Contacts

NameTitle

Secretary

Feed