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Zoning Board of Appeals

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About

The Board (often called the ZBA) acts in a quasi-judicial capacity on:

  • the issuance of certain special permit applications
  • petitions for variances from the requirements of the Groton Zoning Bylaw
  • appeals from the acts of the Building Inspector, or from the failure of the Building Inspector to act in response to a complaint from a citizen

The Board also has jurisdiction to act on applications for comprehensive permits for subsidized housing, in which it coordinates review of all other local boards except the Conservation Commission. The Board has power to receive testimony under oath. Most decisions of the ZBA may be appealed by an aggrieved to the District, Superior, or Land Court.

The first members to the ZBA were appointed in 1950.

 


 

Comprehensive Permits (Chapter 40B)

Heritage Landing (Cow Pond Brook Road)

On January 20, 2022, the Groton Select Board received a letter from MassHousing regarding a Project Eligibility application for construction of approximately 40 housing units on Cow Pond Brook (Parcel 248-42).

In accordance with Chapter 40B, the applicant is proposing 30 units at Market Value and 10 units of AMI 80% Affordable. All units will be ownership.

MassHousing issued a Project Eligibility Letter to the applicant on July 5, 2022. The applicant has two (2) years from the date of the project eligibility letter to submit a Comprehensive Permit applicatioin to the Zoning Board of Appeals.

Town Comments Request Letter – Heritage Landing – 01-20-2022

Revised Site Eligibility Application – Heritage Landing – 02-02-2022

Groton Comments – Heritage Landing – 03-24-2022

Project Eligibility Letter – Heritage Landing – 07-05-2022

 

Groton Farms (500 Main Street)

On June 29, 2022, the Groton Select Board received a letter from MassHousing regarding a Project Eligibility application for construction of approximately 200 housing units at 500 Main Street (Parcel 216-95).

In accordance with Chapter 40B, the applicant is proposing 150 units at Market Value and 50 units of AMI 80% Affordable. All units will be rentals.

MassHousing is conducting a site approval process regarding this development. The Select Board assembled and submitted comments from Town departments, Town committees, and the public on August 2, 2022.

Please note that this application is in the INITIAL phase, MassHousing will be reviewing this application and comments and issuing a decision at a later date. When and IF MassHousing approves this application, then the applicant will be required to apply for a Comprehensive Permit from the Zoning Board of Appeals, which is subject to public hearing.

Town Comments Request Letter – Groton Farms – 06-29-2022

Site Eligibility Application – Groton Farms – 06-28-2022

Groton Comments – Groton Farms – 08-02-2022

 


 

Contact Information

Email: zba@grotonma.gov
Phone: (978) 448-1121
Members: 9
Selection: Appointed
Term In Years: 3
Remuneration: None

Members

Bruce Easom
Bruce Easom
Term Start: 2022-07-01
Term End: 2025-06-30
Daniel McLaughlin
Daniel McLaughlin
Clerk
Term Start: 2021-07-01
Term End: 2023-06-30
Jay Prager
Jay Prager
Term Start: 2022-07-01
Term End: 2025-06-30
John, "Jack" G. Petropoulos
John, “Jack” G. Petropoulos
Vice Chair
Term Start: 2021-07-01
Term End: 2024-06-30
Krzysztof Jezak
Krzysztof Jezak
Term Start: 2022-07-01
Term End: 2025-06-30
Michael McCoy
Michael McCoy
Term Start: 2022-07-01
Term End: 2025-06-30
Tom Peisel
Tom Peisel
Term Start: 2022-07-01
Term End: 2025-06-30

Zoning Board of Appeals Documents

    1. Zoning_Board_of_Appeals_approved_minutes_2022-07-13_id-13184.docx
    2. Zoning_Board_of_Appeals_approved_minutes_2022-06-15_id-13078.docx
    3. Zoning_Board_of_Appeals_approved_minutes_2022-06-01_id-12978.docx
    4. Zoning_Board_of_Appeals_approved_minutes_2022-03-16_id-12804.docx
    5. Zoning_Board_of_Appeals_approved_minutes_2022-03-02_id-12740.docx
    6. Zoning_Board_of_Appeals_approved_minutes_2021-11-03_id-12432.docx
    7. Zoning_Board_of_Appeals_approved_minutes_2021-08-18_id-12315.pdf
    8. Zoning_Board_of_Appeals_approved_minutes_2021-07-14_id-12126.pdf
    9. Zoning_Board_of_Appeals_approved_minutes_2021-05-26_id-12042.pdf
    10. Zoning_Board_of_Appeals_approved_minutes_2021-05-12_id-12022.pdf
    11. Access additional meeting minutes and agendas at the Meeting Center
  1. Application_Packet_2016.pdf
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