Zoning Board of Adjustment


  • 6 p.m.
  • 1st Thursday of every month
  • Town Offices
    81 Main Street
    Downstairs Conference Room
    Essex, VT 05452
  • From a computer or mobile device, use the meeting link and choose the option for your web browser (Chrome recommended) or the Zoom app (download from Zoom). For general instructions on using Zoom, see this document.
  • Call in with a phone to 1-888-788-0099 and use the Meeting ID 853 7870 9951# and the Passcode 708118
  • Public wifi is available at the Essex municipal offices, libraries, and at hotspots mapped by the VT Public Service Dept.

Special Accommodations

If special accommodations are needed please call 802-878-1343 ahead of time.

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas for Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Adjustment meetings are available one to two weeks before the meeting date. 

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The Zoning Board of Adjustment is composed of five members who are appointed by the Selectboard for three year terms. The purpose of the Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA)  is to hear appeals of decisions rendered by the zoning administrator; reviews conditional use and variance requests, as well as unspecified uses on a property. Conditional Use is to ensure that a proposal fits within a specific area; a variance allows for possible flexibility from the zoning regulation requirements; and an unspecified use allows for a special exception that is not defined in the Zoning Regulations.   The ZBA meets on the 1st Thursday of the month, usually from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.  In order for the meeting to occur, a quorum of 3 members must be in attendance.   The Zoning Administrator staffs the ZBA for these meetings.


Nick Martin, Chair
Michael Plageman, Vice Chair
Tom Yandow, Clerk
Trefor Williams
Hubert Norton


To contact members of the Zoning Board of Adjustment, please send your inquiry to:

Staff Representative to the Zoning Board of Adjustment
Sharon Kelley, Zoning Administrator
802-878-1343, community-development@essex.org
Mail or in person at the Town Offices, 81 Main St.

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Dial: +1 888-788-0099
Meeting ID: 853 7870 9951
Passcode: 708118

Zoning Board Documents