About the Board Duties
The Zoning Board of Adjustment functions under the authority of the Municipal Land Use Law of New Jersey. It is authorized to:
Hear and decide appeals from decisions by the Zoning Officer or the Deputy Zoning Officer
Hear and decide interpretations of the Zoning Map or Zoning Ordinance
The Zoning Board also grants variances as follows:
C type variances
C(1) hardship because of exceptional narrowness, shallowness, shape or topographic conditions of property
C(2) benefits outweigh the detriments to the community
D type variances
Use or principal structure in district restricted against such use or principal structure
Expansion of nonconforming use
Violation of Conditional Use requirement
Violation of density (Floor Area Ratio)
Height of principal structure exceeds by 10 or 10% the maximum permitted height
Ancillary Powers, only when granting D variances:
Site Plan Approval
Once a year the Zoning Board of Adjustment reviews its decisions and prepares and adopts by resolution a report of its findings on zoning ordinance provisions to the Borough Council and the Planning Board.
Copies of the Madison Land Use Ordinance and zoning maps may be purchased in the Borough Clerk's office in the Hartley Dodge Memorial. Development applications are available in the Planning and Zoning office of the Hartley Dodge Memorial.
Notice of all meetings is given to the public in accordance with the requirements of the Open Public Meetings Act (Sunshine Law) and the Municipal Land Use Law. All meetings are open to the general public in accordance with the requirements of the Open Public Meetings Act.