HB123 was voted 15-0 as ought to pass by the House Municipal and County Government Committee. This bill no longer requires notice for continued ZBA meetings. The report on the bill from the committee was written by Rep. Carolyn Matthews:
Since current law is silent on the process for continuing and noticing hearings of the Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA), towns are legally vulnerable when the ZBA must continue a hearing, and also vulnerable when they choose not to re-notice. This bill spells out that ZBA’s may continue a hearing and need not re-notice the hearing by mail to abutters. The committee believes that this procedure, which is the same procedure in statute for the planning board, makes sense and that abutters are protected in a similar fashion as with planning board hearings that must be continued.
This bill now goes to the full House for a vote on the consent calendar on February 9, 2017.