The Sandwich Zoning Board of Adjustment is made up of five (5) voting members and several alternate members who have been chosen by the Selectboard of the town. All members must be residents of Sandwich.The Zoning Board acts as a quasi-judicial board and has powers granted under the Revised Statutes Annotated (RSAs) to act on specific matters:
Variances – A variance may be granted for relief from the strict terms of the zoning ordinance to use property or place structures in a manner that would otherwise violate the ordinance. For a variance to be granted, you must show that your request meets ALL FIVE of the criteria
specified in the application for a variance.
Special Exception - A special exception is an allowed use that must meet specified criteria.
You must have some form of determination that your proposed use is not permitted without a Special Exception. A copy of the determination shall be attached to your Application.
If, by granting a special exception as defined in paragraph 150-102 A, a violation of the Zoning Ordinance is created, an application for a variance from the appropriate section of the ordinance must be filed concurrently with the application for the special exception.
Appeals of Administrative Decisions – An Appeal from an Administrative Decision is a claim that an administrative officer has incorrectly interpreted the terms of the zoning ordinance. An administrative officer is any official or board who has responsibility for issuing permits or certificates under the ordinance or for enforcing the ordinance, and may include, but is not limited to, the Board of Selectmen and the Compliance Officer.
Appeals from Administrative Decisions must be filed with the Board within thirty (30) calendar days of the decision made by the administrative officer. A copy of the decision being appealed and all related documents must be attached.
Equitable Waivers – When a lot or other division of land, or structure on the property, is discovered to be in violation of a physical layout of dimensional requirement imposed by a zoning ordinance, RSA 674:33-a provides two alternatives to grant an equitable waiver from the zoning requirement.
Equitable waivers may be granted only from physical layout, mathematical or dimensional requirements and may not be granted from use restrictions.
If your appeal is denied by the Zoning Board you may appeal for a rehearing on the board’s decision. No form is supplied for an appeal for a rehearing. The Selectmen, or any aggrieved party affected, have similar rights to appeal the board’s decision. To appeal the decision, you must first ask the Zoning Board for a rehearing. The Motion for Rehearing may be in the form of a letter to the Board attached to the application. This motion must be made within 30 calendar days from the day of the board’s decision, and must set forth fully and in detail all the grounds on which it is claimed the decision is unlawful or unreasonable. The Board may grant such a rehearing only if in its opinion, good reason is stated and substantiated in the motion. "Good Reason" is limited to a claim by the petitioner that a technical error has been made or if new evidence can be produced which was not available at the time of the first hearing. The Board will not re-open a case based on the same set of facts unless it is convinced that an injustice would be created by not doing so. When a rehearing is held, the same procedure as in the first hearing will be followed, including public notice and notice to abutters.
Following the Board's final decision after a Rehearing or if the Motion for Rehearing is denied, you have thirty (30) days in which to appeal to the Superior Court. However, no such Appeal may be taken unless you have first applied for a Rehearing to the Zoning Board. The only grounds for appeal the Court will hear are those set forth in your Motion for Rehearing.
The Zoning Board application and Rules of Procedure can be found on line or at the Selectmen’s Office during regular business hours.
Please contact the Zoning Board's Land Use Secretary, Martha Carlson, at 284-6800 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Zoning Board of Adjustment
2017 Meeting Dates & Application Deadlines (meetings are scheduled as needed based on application submissions and Board business)
Meeting Date Application Deadline
12, 2017 December 27,
February 9, 2017 January 23, 2017
March 9, 2017 February 21, 2017
April 13, 2017 March 27, 2017
May 11, 2017 April 24, 2017
June 8, 2017 May 22, 2017
July 13, 2017 June 26, 2017
August 10, 2017 July 24, 2017
September 14, 2017 August 28, 2017
October 12, 2017 September 25, 2017
November 9, 2017 October 23, 2017
December 14, 2017 November 27, 2017
January 11, 2018 December 26, 2017 (Tuesday)