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Contact

Land Use Manager – Christina Goodwin assassing@townofbristolnh.org

Planning/Zoning/Historic District Administrative Assistant – Jan Laferriere jlaferriere@townofbristolnh.org

Land Use Planner - Elizabeth Kelly tbd@townofbristolnh.org

Land Use Officer - Peter Daniels landuse@townofbristolnh.org

Address 230 Lake Street Bristol, NH 03222
Telephone 603-744-3354
Fax 603-744-2521
Hours Friday: 8:00am until 4:00pm
Meetings 1st Tuesday of each Month - 6:00PM
Minutes Zoning Board Minutes


The Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) exists as a constitutional safety valve to ensure that ordinances are applied equitably to all property. The ZBA is made up of five (5) permanent members, and up to five (5) alternate members. The State of New Hampshire Revised Statutes Annotated (RSA) 672 – 677 (Planning and Zoning RSA's) along with the Town of Bristol New Hampshire ordinances, Zoning Ordinance as voted on by the residents of Bristol, provide the legal basis for the board of adjustment’s work. Board members and alternates are appointed by the selectmen to terms of three (3) years.

The Board of adjustment meets regularly at 6:00pm on the first Tuesday of every month in which there is business for the board to undertake in the conference room in the lower level of the Town Office Building. All meetings are open to the public, and the public is encouraged to attend. The minutes of each ZBA meeting are public record and can be viewed on the website or at town hall.

Any person wishing to bring business to the Board of Adjustment should fill out the necessary paperwork, either by downloading here either by downloading the Variance Application on the right hand side of the page or picking up in person in the Zoning and Planning office of town hall. All appropriate fees must be paid and abutter’s notices sent prior to the board hearing a case.

The Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) is responsible for the following:

- Variances and Special Exceptions -- The role of the ZBA is to grant or deny variances and special exceptions from the terms of the Zoning Ordinance.

- Appeals of Administrative Decisions – Any decision by the land use officer, Board of Selectmen or other official or board that involves an interpretation of the Zoning Ordinance can be appealed to the ZBA. (RSA 676:5) Under RSA 674:33, the ZBA possess all of the powers of the administrative officer whose decision has been appealed, and the ZBA has authority to affirm, reverse or modify the decision of the administrative official, based on the current Zoning Ordinance.

-Re-hearings – The Zoning Board of Adjustment holds a re-hearing (if petitioned to do so) when a ZBA decision denies approval of any application that comes before them.

- Equitable Waivers of Dimensional Requirements – The ZBA can legalize existing violations of the Zoning Ordinance relative to physical layout or dimensional requirements where the violation occurred unknowingly and is discovered later. This refers to such zoning provisions as frontage, setbacks and building height. The property owner has the burden of proving four elements set forth in RSA 674:33-a in order to receive an equitable waiver.

Members
 
Alan DeStefano, Chair  
Richard Laflamme, Vice Chair  
Ashley Dolloff  
Lorraine Bohmiller  
Larry Denton
   


ZONING DISTRICTS

C - Corridor Commercial
DC - Downtown Commercial
I - Industrial
L - Lake
R - Rural
VC - Village Commercial
VR - Village Residential
Pemigewasset Overlay
Wetlands Conservation Overlay
Historic Overlay

FILING DATES/DEADLINES/FEES
 
Filing Dates and Application Deadlines
Land Use Fees
 
LOT SIZE AND SETBACK GUIDELINES
 

Lot Size and Setback Guidelines

 
 
Business Permitting Process Checklists
 
Business Permitting Process - Introduction
 
Checklist 1 - For properties located in - Historic District
 
Checklist 2 - For properties located in - Lake, Pemigewasset Overlay, or Wetlands Overlay Conservation Districts
 
Checklist 3 - For properties located in - Village Commercial, Village Residential, Downtown Commercial, Corridor Commercial, Rural, or Industrial Districts
 
ZONING ORDINANCE/MAP/INSTRUCTIONS
 
Zoning Ordinance
Zoning Map

Zoning Application Instructions

 
SPECIAL EXCEPTION
 
Abutter Notification List
Application for a Special Exception
Zoning Board Checklist
 
VARIANCE
 
Abutter Notification List
Variance Application
Zoning Board Checklist
 
APPEAL FROM AN ADMINISTRATIVE DECISION
 
Abutter Notification List
Appeal from an Administrative Decision
 
MOTION FOR REHEARING
 
Abutter Notification List
Motion for Rehearing