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BOARD OF APPEALS <br /> Members: 5 Full Members <br /> 6 Associate Members <br /> Appointed by: Board of Selectmen <br /> Length of Term: Full members-5 year,staggered <br /> Associate members- 1 year <br /> Appointments made: September 30 <br /> Meeting Times: 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month <br /> Description: Under the Zoning By-Law,the Board issues special permits for use of property,grants variances from <br /> dimensional requirements of the By-Law,and hears appeals from decisions of the Building Commissioner. <br /> Criteria for Membership—Individual: <br /> 1) Shall have had significant experience and activity in town affairs related to matters within the purview of the <br /> Board of Appeals as evidenced,for example,by: <br /> •Membership on major town boards such as Selectmen,Planning Board,and Conservation Commission <br /> •Town meeting membership <br /> •Involvement in land-use related community activities,including zoning matters <br /> 2) Shall have lived in Lexington for at least eight years. This residency requirement is suggested for the Board of <br /> Appeals whose power and impact are so far-reaching that special emphasis is placed on deep-seated knowledge <br /> and familiarity with development issues. Fairness and balanced judgment are essential to the decision process. <br /> 3) Before appointment to full membership,shall have been an associate member for at least two years. <br /> 4) Shall have no major land-holding interest in Lexington. <br /> 5) Full members shall not hold membership on any other major boards(i.e.Planning Board,Board of Selectmen, <br /> School Committee,Historic Districts Commission,or the Appropriation Committee). <br /> 6) Full members who have served consecutively for the equivalent of two full terms(10 years)or more shall not <br /> be re-appointed until after a lapse of at least one year. <br /> Collective: It is highly desirable that the Board of Appeals should include people with various specialties such as: <br /> Legal training and experience;Engineering background;Environmental and/or conservationist experience; and <br /> Architectural and/or design training <br /> Ref.: Lexington Code Chapter 135 §10;MGL Chapter 40A§12. <br /> Selectmen designated as Special Municipal Employees on April 24, 1963. <br /> Selectmen reaffirmed designation as Special Municipal Employees on January 18,2006. <br />