Zoning Board of Adjustment

2024 Zoning Board of Adjustment Meeting Schedule

  • 6:45pm on 3rd Monday of each month, unless otherwise noted
  • Municipal Building, Court / Council Room

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

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  • Eleanor Conley Wenzke
    • Term expires: 12/31/24
  • John F. Gallagher, Chairman
    • Term expires: 12/31/27
  • Lyle Hatch
    • Term expires: 12/31/26
  • Jodi DeMarco, Esq.
    • Term expires: 12/31/25
  • Victor Cuttitta, Jr.
    • Term Expires: 12/31/25
  • David A. Schroter, Vice Chairman
    • Term expires: 12/31/27
  • Brian J. Lind, Alternate 1
    • Term expires: 12/31/25
  • Danilo Ramirez, Alternate 2
    • Term expires: 12/31/24
  • Marco A. Totaro
    • Term expires:12/31/24


The Zoning Board of Adjustment has the authority to grant use variances from the approved municipal zoning ordinances and approval of a site plan application for development in conjunction with such a variance. The Board can also hear appeals of certain decisions of the Zoning Officer and make determination of pre-existing, non-conforming uses.


Initial questions about applications may be directed to the Building and Zoning Office in the Municipal Building at 973-427-5555, ext. 214.

Application for property subdivisions and site plan review (where no use variances are required) must be submitted to and approved by the Planning Board.

Code for Zoning Board of Adjustment

Chapter 293, paragraph 293-14, of the Code of the Borough of Hawthorne establishes Hawthorne’s Zoning Board of Adjustment pursuant to NSJ.A. 40:55D-1 et seq. The Mayor, with the advice and consent of the Borough Council, appoints seven members to four-year overlapping terms, and two alternate members to two-year overlapping terms.

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