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Aug 20, 2020

Open Positions on Public Commission: Boston’s Zoning Board of Appeal

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Call for applications to serve on Boston’s Zoning Board of Appeal. Apply today to use your architectural expertise to help your beloved City.

The Office of Mayor Martin J. Walsh is requesting nominations from the Boston Society of Architects for one architect to serve on the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) and one architect to serve as an alternate member of the ZBA. In the spirit of the recent home rule petition from Boston’s City Council and signed by the Mayor, interested architects should possess experience with urban planning and/or climate issues. Women and Minority architects are strongly encouraged to apply. You must be a Boston resident.

If you are interested in serving on the ZBA, please send a resume and short statement of interest to Jennifer Effron, [email protected] by the end of day on Thursday, August 27, 2020 | 11:59 PM EST

Resumes and statements should indicate your experience and background in urban planning and/or climate issues. The BSA’s Committee On Public Appointments will review applications and nominate up to four (4) new candidates from which the Mayor will select one member and one alternate member. Once the Mayor has selected nominees, the City Council must vote to approve them. The seat will be filled in September 2020.

The Zoning Board of Appeal is a seven-member board with alternates for each position. The Board meets every other Tuesday from 9:30 am until about 12:00 pm. Members serve three year terms and receive a stipend of $200 per day of service.

Boston’s City Council recently sent a home rule petition to the State House that would add two more seats to the board, alter its current make up, create term limits, and require the board to submit quarterly reports about their decisions. In order for these changes to go into effect the house, senate and governor would have to approve of the petition. The architect seat remains in this most recent version of the home rule petition.

In February 2020 the Mayor signed an Executive Order to strengthen the conflicts-of-interest and financial disclosure rules for board members as well.

Serve on the Zoning Board of Appeals

If you are interested in serving on the ZBA, please submit a resume and short statement of interest by 11:59 PM on Thursday August 27, 2020.

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