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Zoning Board of Adjustment

The Zoning Board of Adjustment’s powers are very specific and different from that of the Planning Board. The Zoning Board of Adjustment is often called a “quasi-judicial” body and its principal duties are to hear and decide on requests for interpretations of the Borough’s zoning and land development ordinances. However, like the Planning Board, the Zoning Board of Adjustment functions under the authority of the Municipal Land Use Law of New Jersey, N.J.S.A. 40:55 D and the Borough's Land Development Regulations (Chapter 165 of the Code of the Borough of Chatham).


The Chatham Borough Zoning Board of Adjustment meets monthly on the fourth Wednesday of every month at 7:30 pm in Borough Hall.


Variance requests that are considered by the Zoning Board of Adjustment include:
 
A & B Variances -  An "A" variance application is filed when an applicant believes that the Borough's Zoning Officer has erred in denying a request for a permit based on the Borough’s land development ordinances. The Zoning Board is also responsible for interpretations of the zoning ordinance and the zoning map on questions related to whether or not a specific use is permitted. This type of variance is called a "B" variance.

C Variance -  The most common type of variance heard by the Zoning Board of Adjustment is a variance from the bulk and dimensional requirements of the ordinance, referred to as a "C" variance or "bulk" variance. This is a commonly requested variance in town, generally associated with construction of single-family dwellings, accessory structures and additions. When building or expanding, a "C" variance may be needed because existing constraints of the property, size, area, shape or topographic conditions which may prevent compliance with the zoning regulations for that property.

D Variance -   Where an applicant is seeking a use that is not permitted by the zoning ordinance, the applicant is required to obtain a “D” variance or “use” variance. There are six different kinds of "D" variances. An applicant seeking a “D” variance, must show the property is particularly suitable for the proposed use and that the variance can be granted without causing substantial detriment to the public good and won’t substantially impair the intent and purpose of the municipal zoning ordinance and municipal Master Plan.



Zoning Approval: Building Permits are generally required for any construction related work on a property. Before starting any construction project, one should first contact the Borough's Zoning Officer to go over the proposed project to ensure that the project complies with all Chatham Borough zoning ordinances.

For Owners of Condominium Units:   Written approval from the owners’ association or management company must be provided before seeking municipal approvals.

Variances and Appeals:  Property owners can apply for one or more “variances” from the zoning ordinances by submitting an application for a hearing before the Zoning Board of Adjustment. Property owners can also appeal a decision made by the Borough's Zoning Officer to the Zoning Board of Adjustment. Application forms are available from the Administrative Secretary to the Zoning Board of Adjustment.

 

Zoning Board of Adjustment Members

Regular Member

Helen Kecskemety

01/01/2018-12/31/2021

Regular Member - Planning Board Member

H.H. Montague

01/01/2018-12/31/2021

Regular Member – Chair

Michael A. Cifelli

01/01/2016-12/31/2018

Regular Member

Douglas Herbert

01/01/2015-12/31/2018

Regular Member

Alida Kass

01/01/2016-12/31/2019

Regular Member

Fredrick Infante

01/01/2016-12/31/2019

Regular Member

Jean-Eudes Haeringer

01/01/2017-12/31/2020

Alternate 1

Patrick Tobia

01/01/2018-12/31/2019

Alternate 2

William DeRosa, Jr.

02/12/2018-12/31/2018

Call Cathy Baldwin, Administrative Secretary for the Zoning Board of Adjustment, at 973-635-0674 ext. 231 for more information.