The Board of Adjustment has combined with the Planning Board to create a new Land Use Board
Knowlton’s Land Use Board reviews applications that propose utilizing property in a manner not consistent with our municipal zoning laws. The board reviews applications for variances that are non-permitted uses and may grant exceptions to the zoning ordinances in cases where the rigid interpretation and enforcement of zoning laws would cause hardship or injustice. These variances are granted based upon a solid understanding of Knowlton’s zoning ordinances and in accordance with the goals set forth in our town’s Master Plan. When needed, the Board is advised by an attorney and the township engineer, whose opinions are considered by the board in its deliberations.
The Land Use Board’s chief goal is to balance the safety and welfare of the community while conserving the value of property and encouraging the most appropriate use of land throughout the township. Because zoning variances may infringe upon the rights of neighbors, an applicant is not entitled to a variance. Some items to consider when requesting a variance are special reasons, benefits, negative criteria, and hardship. Zoning laws require that notice be served on all property owners within 200′ of the applicant’s property and must be either hand delivered or sent via Certified Mail. The law also requires this notice be published in the board’s official newspaper. These forms of notification alert neighbors that a variance is being requested and advises them of the fact that all interested citizens will be assured an opportunity to witness the presentation of the application and be heard at the regular meeting.
The Land Use Board meets on the 4th Tuesday of the month at 7:00 P.M. at the Knowlton Municipal Building. All meetings are open to the public.
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