Zoning Board of Appeals
The Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) is the appeals board for zoning issues that arise in Franklin. The ZBA also has the power to grant variances from the Town’s Zoning Bylaws for projects based on hardships. The ZBA is appointed by the Town Council and is the highest authority to handle zoning matters before going to court. The ZBA currently consists of three (3) members and one (1) associate member appointed by the Town Administrator, subject to the confirmation by the Town Council, for terms length arranged so the term of one member expires each year. One associate member will be appointed this year.
- Town of Franklin Zoning Board of Appeals – https://www.franklinma.gov/zoning-board-appeals
Variance: A variance is an exemption for zoning bylaws that stay with the property from owner to owner, although they do expire if the property owner doesn’t exercise the right.
How is it important to the town?
According to the National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC), the “combination of a shortage in rental housing, rising development costs and stagnant incomes are driving the growing housing affordability crisis affecting U.S. cities...To help meet this demand, federal, state and local governments must come together to reduce barriers to developing more rental housing”.