Zoning Board of Appeals

The Newton Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) is a quasi-judicial body which interprets and enforces the City’s Zoning Ordinance. The ZBA has the power to hear and decide petitions for:
Appeals of zoning orders and decisions made by the Commissioner of the Inspectional Services Department
Variances from the requirements of the Zoning Ordinance
Comprehensive Permits under Chapter 40B of the Massachusetts General Laws

The ZBA is a five-member board, which is made up of five regular members and five associate members. The members are appointed by the Mayor and approved by the City Council to three year terms. 

The ZBA holds regular meetings at 7:00 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month at City Hall in the City Council Chamber located at 1000 Commonwealth Avenue, Newton Centre, unless otherwise noticed and with the exception of the months of July, August and December.  All meetings are open to the public. 

Please reference the ZBA’s Rules here for more information. Application packets containing requirements for filing with the ZBA are located in the links below and can also be picked up in the Planning Department, located on the first floor of City Hall.

2019 Regular Meeting Schedule
Current List of Zoning Board of Appeals Members
Rules of the Zoning Board of Appeals
Zoning Ordinance (Chapter 30 of the Newton City Ordinances)
Zoning Map
Chapter 40A
Fair Housing Policy

Forms and Instructions
Administrative Appeal
Comprehensive Permit Form
Variance Form and Instructions

Contact Information:
Adrianna Henriquez Olmsted, Board Clerk
Department of Planning and Development - Basement Office
1000 Commonwealth Avenue
Newton, MA 02459
ahenriquez@newtonma.gov | (617) 796-1133


Information on Dunstan East:

Dunstan East Project Eligibility: Mark Development, LLC has filed an application for Project Eligibility with MassHousing for a Comprehensive Permit/40B on 2.98 acres of land on Washington Street, Dunstan Street, and Kempton Place in West Newton. As proposed the project will consist of three separate buildings with a total of 243 units of rental housing and 12,521 square feet of ground floor retail space facing Washington Street. Sixty-one units will be made affordable to households earning up to 80% of area median income (AMI) and 182 units will not have any income restrictions. The Project Eligibility application is a prerequisite to filing with the Zoning Board of Appeals for a Comprehensive Permit/40B. Once the project has received a Project Eligibility letter from MassHousing the applicant will file for a Comprehensive Permit/40B with the ZBA and a public hearing will be scheduled. More information about the project, including the full application, can be found here: http://www.newtonma.gov/gov/planning/current/dunstan_east.asp.

For questions or public comment, please email: DunstanEast@Newtonma.gov


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