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 & 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.
Chapter 293, paragraph 293-14, of the Code of the Borough of Hawthorne establishes Hawthorne's Zoning Board of Adjustment pursuant to N.S.J.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.