Town of Monroe Zoning Board of Appeals

The Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) is a 5-member board appointed by the Monroe Town Board. To qualify, a ZBA member must be at least 18 years of age, a citizen of the United States, and a resident of the Town of Monroe (which can include residency in one of its Villages).  Each member must satisfy a training requirement of four hours annually in an eligible planning or zoning related education session.

The ZBA as the name indicates is a board of appeals. Applicants before the ZBA must be referred to the Board by either the Town of Monroe Building Department or the Town Planning Board. Referrals are made because a property owner is proposing new development, or may have an existing condition on their property, that does not strictly comply with the requirements of the Town of Monroe Code, Chapter 57 Zoning. Applications consist of one of four types; 1) Area Variances, 2) Use Variances, 3) Zoning Interpretations, or 4) a variance from Section 280-a of the Town Law (development along an unimproved Town road). After reviewing the facts of each case, the ZBA will render a decision to either grant or deny the variance requested. State law requires the ZBA to take the following factors into consideration in making its determination:

  • whether an undesirable change will be produced in the character of the neighborhood, or a detriment to nearby properties will be created by the granting of the variance;
  • whether the benefit sought by the applicant can be achieved by some method which will be feasible for the applicant to pursue but would not require a variance;
  • whether the requested variance is substantial;
  • whether the proposed variance will have an adverse effect or impact on the physical or environmental conditions in the neighborhood or district; and
  • whether an alleged difficulty is self-created.

ZBA members attend one evening meeting per month, conduct site visits on an as needed basis, and are required to review the applications to the Board prior to the scheduled meetings. The ZBA holds meetings once a month, generally on the fourth Tuesday of the month. Meetings start at 7:30 PM and tend to last two to three hours. ZBA meetings are video recorded during each session and broadcast to the Town of Monroe municipal access station.

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Zoning Board of Appeals Contact Info

Michael Murphy
Zoning Board Chair

Norinne McSweeney
Zoning Board Secretary

 (845) 783-1900 ext 115
 (845) 782-5597
 EMAIL

General Zoning Board of Appeals phone #:
845-783-1900 ext. 115

Address: 1465 Orange Turnpike
Monroe, NY 10950 - Lower Level
Office Hours:
Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 4:00pm
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Board Members
Michael Murphy - Chairperson

Norinne McSweeney - Secretary                  
Peter Lewis
Kevin Scully
Aaron Fried
Austin Seid
Vacant - Alternate #1
Vacant - Alternate #2

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Regular Meetings: Will be held the 4th Tuesday of each month at the Monroe Senior Center, 101 Mine Road and convene at 7:30pm. Any changes to the schedule will be noticed electronically on the Town of Monroe website, Town of Monroe Constant Contact, posted at Town Hall, and the entrance to the Town of Monroe Senior Center.

January 28, 2020
February 25, 2020

March 24, 2020
April 28, 2020
May 26, 2020
June 23, 2020
July 28, 2020
August 25, 2020
September 22, 2020
October 27, 2020
November 24, 2020
December 22, 2020

Applicant Submittal Date: Applicant Submittal Date is three weeks prior to the meeting date, and due to the Secretary by noon on that date.

January 7, 2020
February 4, 2020
March 3, 2020
April 7, 2020
May 5, 2020
June 2, 2020
July 7, 2020
August 4, 2020
September 1, 2020
October 6, 2020
November 3, 2020
December 1, 2020 

Please address all correspondence to:      
Town of Monroe
Zoning Board of Appeals
1465 Orange Turnpike
Monroe, New York  10950
Lower Level    

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Click on the link below to view the Zoning Board Public Notices
Public Notices

Click on the link below to view the Zoning Board Agendas and Minutes
Agendas and Minutes