Zoning Board of Appeals


Zoning Board of Appeals is a Commission that has the power to grant variances of the Zoning Regulations when hardship is demonstrated due to topography, irregular shape of lots and any other physical condition where the application of zoning regulations would create exceptional hardship and deprive the owner of the property reasonable use of the land or building involved.

The Zoning Board of Appeals also has the power to correct a decision of a Zoning Enforcement Officer when the board feels the Zoning Officer has made an error.

Members & Meetings

The board meets the first Wednesday of each month and applications must be filed 21 days prior to that date. Zoning Board of Appeals is an elected board and consists of five (5) regular members and three (3) alternates. Meetings are held at the Newtown Municipal Center at 7:30 P.M. on the first Wednesday of every month.


The following applications go before the board: Land Variances – Alleged error by the ZEO – Special permits.

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Board Members

Alan J. Clavette (D)

Chair 12/01/13 - 12/01/17

Ross Carley (D)

12/01/15 - 12/01/19

Barbara A. O'Connor (R)

12/01/13 - 12/01/17

Jane Sharpe (R)

07/05/16 - 12/01/17

Vacant Seat R/U

12/01/15 - 12/01/19

Alternate Members

Joseph Bojnowski (D)

12/01/15 - 12/01/17

Robin Buchanan(R)

09/06/17 - 12/01/17

Charles Gardner (R)

08/17/17 - 12/01/17