Friday, June 21: Borough Hall will be closed in observance of Juneteenth.

Zoning Board of Adjustment


The Zoning Board of Adjustment follows the provisions of the Municipal Land Use Law. We have authority to:

  • Hear and decide appeals where it is alleged by the appellant that there is error in any order, requirement, decision or refusal made by the Zoning Officer based on or made in the enforcement of the zoning regulations.
  • Hear and decide requests for interpretation of the Zoning Map or zoning regulations or for decisions upon other special questions upon which the Board is authorized to pass by any zoning regulation or official map regulation, in accordance with the Municipal Land Use Law.
  • Hear and decide requests for variances.
    Exercise control over and review of subdivisions, site plans and conditional uses, only when such applications involve a "D", variance.
  • Prepare at least once a year, a report for the Borough Council and Planning Board, based upon its review of its decisions on applications and appeals for variances since any previous report. The report shall be adopted by resolution of the Zoning Board of Adjustment, and shall comment on the zoning regulations, which were the subject of variance request, and shall make recommendations for any amendments to the zoning regulations that the Board may deem appropriate based upon prior variance applications.


Our meetings are open to the public and everyone is welcome to attend. Read our guide about how to participate.

  • Day: 3rd Wednesday
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Location: Somerville Civic Center, 24 Robeson Street

Upcoming meetings


Members serve 4 year terms. Alternates serve 2 year terms.

Name Term expiration
Arthur Adair, Chair December 31, 2027
Ed Allatt December 31, 2024
John Flores December 31, 2025
Roberta Karpinecz December 31, 2026
Morgan McLachlan December 31, 2026
Richard O'Neill December 31, 2026
Brian Vadimsky December 31, 2024
Eric Alvarez, Alternate #1 December 31, 2025
Stewart Daniels, Alternate #2 December 31, 2024

Board staff

  • Jenna LaRusso, Planning and Zoning Board Secretary
  • Clifford Gibbons, Board Attorney
  • Michael Cole, Board Planner and Engineer


Jenna LaRusso
Planning and Zoning Board Secretary

(908) 725-2300
ext. 1964
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