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City Seeks Legal Member for Board of Appeal

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Mayor Gary Christenson is reaching out to Malden residents in an effort to fill the legal member vacancy on the Board of Appeal. The present vacancy is the result of a resignation. The seven-member Board of Appeal (five members and two associate members) operates under the mandates of M.G.L. c. 40A and the City of Malden zoning ordinance. The Board of Appeal assists in the administration of the City's zoning ordinance by considering appeals to vary dimensional controls (lot size, frontage, height, setback, etc.) when a literal application of the ordinance would impose a hardship. Residents may also appeal decisions of the Building Inspector to the Board of Appeal.

Board of Appeal members are appointed by the Mayor with City Council confirmation and serve a term of three years. The Board meets the third Wednesday of each month at 6:30 PM at the Malden Senior Center, 7 Washington Street. The Legal Member is required to attend meetings, visit sites (if necessary) and write the decision for each petition which is required to contain the findings and rationale for the decision and/or action taken. Decisions must be filed with the City Clerk within 14 days of a hearing. The position is open to Malden residents, but must be filled by an attorney.

To apply, please complete the online Boards and Commissions Application in full by logging on to Please also attach your resume to assist Mayor Christenson and/or the City Council in making their selection. If you have any questions, please email

The deadline for accepting applications is Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at 12 Noon.

Released by the Office of Mayor Gary Christenson