Board of Appeals hearings are held at 7:00 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month except when there is a conflict with a holiday or voting day in which case notice will be given for the new hearing date. The hearings take place in the first floor meeting room on the Town Hall unless otherwise noticed. Original hearing notice is always given through direct mail to abutters and newspaper publication and public posting for the general public. Continuances are only verbally noticed during the original and subsequent hearings on the matter.
The Board of Appeals has all of the powers and performs all of the duties conferred or imposed upon it under the applicable provisions of the General Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and by the Town of Wakefield Bylaws. These powers include the power to hear and decide:
Appeals in accordance with MGL Chapter 40A, Section 8;
Applications for Special Permits;
Requests for Variances; and
Appeals from decisions of the Zoning Administrator.