We, the members of the Abington Zoning Board of Appeals, respectfully submit
our Annual Report for the year 2004. Under Massachusetts General Laws 40A
and Town of Abington Zoning By-Laws, the Board is mandated to review
petitions for variances and special permits. Hearings are held once a month,
with additional meetings added to the schedule as needed, and site walks done
prior to meetings. The Board is well rounded with several members having been
reappointed which provides stability as well as versatility in background

The Zoning Board of Appeals was very saddened upon the death of John
Warner earlier this year, a valued, long time member of the Board. His presence
has been greatly missed.

Seventy-one new petitions were heard by the Board this year, an increase of
five petitions over last year. The Board turned over to the Town Treasurer filing
fees of $16,505. In conformity with Section II Massachusetts General Laws,
Chapter 40A, the Zoning Act, these petitions were duly advertised and mailed to
Town Boards and all "Parties of Interest." In addition to these petitions, there
were also several meetings between the Board and the developers of
Meadowbrook Estates, the 40B project under construction in the Town.

After visiting the petition sites and hearing all facts and evidence presented at
the public hearings, the Zoning Board of Appeals found as follows:

Petitions Granted 54                          Petitions Withdrawn       8
Petitions Denied     7                          
Continued Petitions    2
          Total Petitions     71

Included in the petitions that were granted were: 42 variances - 4 for signage, a
significant portion of them for very minor residential setbacks, 1 for cell tower
extensions and 17 findings. There were 21 special permits issued, with 16 of
them requiring the special permit to construct in the Floodplain and Wetlands
Protection District. In general, it is the policy of the Board to allow the petitioner
to withdraw without prejudice, rather than be denied.

We would like to express our appreciation to all the town officials, boards, legal
advisors and personnel for their assistance and services in attending many of
our meet¬ings, reviewing projects and submitting reports. We would also like to
thank the citizens of Abington for their orderly input made at our public
hearings. This input and assistance have proved invaluable in our efforts to
protect the Town of Abington and its citizens.

Respectfully submitted,
Ed Mulligan, Chairman
Jeffrey M. Welch, Vice Chairman
James Counter
John Fehan, Alternate
Lisa Bezanson, Alternate
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