The Taunton Zoning Board of Appeals is a five member board with two alternate members. Members are elected at large in a City wide election every two years. The purpose of the Zoning Board of Appeals is to hear cases for Variances, Special Permits and Comprehensive Permits.
Variances are cases where a petitioner is requesting a waiver of a zoning requirement. In cases where a hardship is determined to exist, the board may grant a variance from the requirements of the zoning ordinance allowing the project to proceed with the necessary relief.
A Special Permit is a request that is appropriate in some areas of the Cities but not in all areas. A determination of whether a proposal is detrimental to the public good must be made by the Board.
Comprehensive Permits are permit requests that are designed to create affordable housing through the waiver of some zoning requirements.