Zoning Board of Adjustment Decisions: Quorums, Voting and Fairness

Fairness is a recurrent issue in zoning board of adjustment proceedings because of the statutory requirement that “the concurring vote of 3 members of the board shall be necessary to reverse any action of the administrative official or to decide in favor of the applicant on any matter on which it is required to pass." RSA 674:33, III.

What is the Role of Alternate Land Use Board Members?

Alternate members are the unsung heroes of local land use boards. Both planning boards and zoning boards of adjustment (ZBAs) may be authorized to appoint standing “pools" of up to five alternate members for each board. RSA 673:6. Alternates are vital to the proper functioning of these boards because conflicts of interest often disqualify one or more members from participating in an application or appeal.