ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS
|Gerrish, Julie - Secretary
Establishment & Organization
The Zoning Board of Appeals consists of not more than seven members. Members of the Board of Appeals are appointed by the municipal officers. A municipal officer or municipal officer's spouse may not be a member of the Board of Appeals. The term of office of a member is three years serving staggered terms. Initial terms are two members appointed for one year, two for two years, and three for three years. When there is a permanent vacancy, the municipal officers must appoint a new member to serve for the remainder of the unexpired term. Members of the Board of Appeals must be legal residents of Alfred when appointed and serving. Members of the Board of Appeals may be removed from office by the municipal officers for cause upon written charges and after public hearing. "For cause" includes failure of a Board member to attend three consecutive meetings without the recorded consent of the Chair. The Board of Appeals must annually elect a Chair, Vice Chair, and Secretary from its own membership. No member may hold two Board of Appeals offices simultaneously. Any question of whether a particular issue involves a conflict of interest sufficient to disqualify a member from voting must be decided by a majority of the members, except the member who is being challenged.
The Zoning Board of Appeals and Planning Board share the same Administrative Assistant.
Proceedings Of The Board Of Appeals
A quorum necessary to conduct business of the Board of Appeals is four members. The Board of Appeals must adopt rules necessary to the conduct of its affairs, in keeping with the provisions of this chapter and 30-A M.R.S.A. § 2691. Meetings are held at the call of the Chair and at such other times as the Board of Appeals may determine. All meetings are open to the public. The Board of Appeals must keep minutes of its proceedings, showing the vote of each member upon each question, or of absence of failure to vote, and must keep records of its examinations and other official actions, all of which are public record and must be filed with the Town Clerk.
Powers & Duties Of The Board Of Appeals
The Board of Appeals has the following powers and duties:Administrative appeal of the CEO. To hear and decide administrative appeals where it is alleged there is a violation or error in any written order, requirement, decision, interpretation, or determination made by the CEO in the administrative and enforcement of this chapter. Administrative appeal of the Planning Board. To hear and decide administrative appeals where it is alleged there is a violation or error in any decision, interpretation, or determination made by the Planning Board in its administration of Article XV of this chapter. Variances. To authorize variances when specifically applied for, but only within the limitations set forth in this chapter.