The Zoning Board of Adjustment consists of seven regular members (with four terms) and two alternate members (with two year terms) appointed by the Township Committee. Alternate members may take part in all discussions. However, only seven votes can be taken on any application. An Attorney, appointed by the Board by contract, attends all meetings to answer legal questions along with a Professional Planner or Zoning Officer who is appointed by the Board to explain planning and zoning issues.
The Board elects its Chairman, Vice Chairman and Secretary from its members annually at its reorganization meeting. This is a quasi-judicial body. No member may hold any elective office within the Municipality. The Board’s purpose is to provide relief from zoning requirements which cannot be satisfied. The requests for relief are not based upon policy, but rather upon the ability of an applicant to prove his or her case. The Zoning Board must make decisions much as a judge does in Court.
Certified Shorthand Reporters attend all meetings and transcribe the hearings. An audio recording is made as well. Minutes of each meeting are prepared by the Board Clerk and voted by Board Members in a timely manner. Transcriptions, recordings and minutes can be made available through the Board Clerk’s Office.