Zoning Board of Adjustment
The Zoning Board of Adjustment consists of 5 members appointed by the Board of Selectmen as outlined in RSA 673:3. Up to 5 alternate members, also appointed by the Board of Selectmen, assume a seat on the Board in the absence of, or whenever a regular member disqualifies him/herself from a hearing.
Full and alternate members shall serve a term of 3 years to expire April 30 of the third year after appointment. The Board of Adjustment meets the forth (4th) Wednesday of each month. A member of the Planning Board may hold one of the seats on the Zoning Board of Adjustment.
The Zoning Board of Adjustment's responsibility is to "hear and decide appeals if it is alleged there is error in any order, requirement, decision, or determination by an administrative official in the enforcement of any zoning ordinance" adopted by the town. Administrative Officer is defined as any official or board who issues permits or certificates under the ordinance, or who enforces the ordinance. For Raymond this would be the Building Inspector/Code Enforcement Officer.
The Board "may reverse or affirm, wholly or in part, or may modify the order, requirement, decision, or determination appealed." The Board may grant relief for certain Planning Board decisions which relate only to zoning decisions made by the Planning Board. They may grant a "variance from the terms of the zoning ordinance" which may remain in effect "only so long as the particular person has a continuing need to use the premises," or in perpetuity with the property. A "special exception" allows an additional, detailed review for specific allowed activities in certain zones. They may grant an Equitable Waiver of Dimensional Requirement for acts creating a violation generally not the outcome of ignorance of law, failure to inquire, obfuscation, misrepresentation, or bad faith on the part of any owner.