Zoning Board


  • 6 p.m.
  • 1st Thursday of every month
  • Town Offices
    81 Main Street
    Downstairs Conference Room
    Essex, VT 05452

Special Accommodations

If special accommodations are needed please call 802-878-1343 ahead of time.

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas for Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Adjustment meetings are available one to two weeks before the meeting date. 

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The Zoning Board of Adjustment is composed of five members who are appointed by the Selectboard for three year terms. The purpose of the Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA)  is to hear appeals of decisions rendered by the zoning administrator; reviews conditional use and variance requests, as well as unspecified uses on a property. Conditional Use is to ensure that a proposal fits within a specific area; a variance allows for possible flexibility from the zoning regulation requirements; and an unspecified use allows for a special exception that is not defined in the Zoning Regulations.   The ZBA meets on the 1st Thursday of the month, usually from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.  In order for the meeting to occur, a quorum of 3 members must be in attendance.   The Zoning Administrator staffs the ZBA for these meetings.


Nick Martin, Chair
Michael Plageman, Vice Chair
Tom Yandow, Clerk
Justin St. James
Hubert Norton
Sharon Kelley, Staff Representative - 802-878-1343, skelley@essex.org

Zoning Board Documents