Zoning Board of Appeals

The current Board Members:

(U) Christopher M. Champagne (Chairman)        05/01/2017-04/30/2022     2 of 3
(D) Peter T. Neidhardt                                               05/01/2017-04/30/2022     1 of 3
(R) David M. Glueck (Secretary)                              05/01/2018-04/30/2023     3 of 3
(U) Michael A. Janis                                                    05/01/2017-04/30/2022     1 of 3
(D) Charles Augur                                                         05/01/2020-04/30/2025    1 of 3
(D) Michael  Olszewski  Alternate                             05/01/2020-04/30/2025
Vacancy                             Alternate
Vacancy                             Alternate

Five Regular Members/Three Alternates
Term: Three Years 01/01-12/31

Under Connecticut law, any municipality having a Zoning Commission must also have a Zoning Board of Appeals. The authority of the Board is set forth in General Statutes § 8-5 et seq., and the Middlefield Zoning Regulations contain corresponding provisions. The essential purpose of a zoning board of appeals is to provide elasticity to otherwise rigid zoning enactments, so as to prevent arbitrary or unconstitutional application thereof. In short, if strict enforcement of a particular zoning regulation results in harsh application to a property owner, the Zoning Board of Appeals is the forum to seek redress.

Accordingly, the Board’s primary function is to consider requests to vary the application of the Middlefield Zoning Regulations. That task requires the Board to evaluate whether an applicant demonstrates undue hardship peculiarly affecting the property in question, as well as whether the variance sought is in harmony with the general purpose and intent of the comprehensive zoning plan. In so doing, the Board affords due consideration for conserving the public health, safety, convenience, welfare and property values. In addition, the Board entertains appeals from the orders, requirements and decisions of the Zoning Enforcement Officer. The Board also acts on special permits where required by the Middlefield Zoning Regulations, and decides certain location approvals as mandated by state law.

The Zoning Board of Appeals has three primary functions:

  1. Hear and decide applications for variance from Middlefield zoning regulations.
  2. Hear and decide appeals of decisions by the Middlefield Zoning Enforcement Officer.
  3. Hear and decide the location of automotive repair facilities and gasoline stations.

Contact Information:

Land Use Office
405 Main Street – Suite 1
Middlefield, CT 06455
Residents of Middlefield and Rockfall who would like to learn more about participating on the Zoning Board of Appeals are encouraged to attend a published meeting or contact ZBA Chairman Christopher Champagne or First Selectman Ed Bailey.


Regulations and Applications


Regular 2020 meetings are scheduled for the fourth Tuesday of the month, 7:30 p.m. at the Middlefield Community Center, 405 Main Street.

Agendas are posted (no less than 24 hours in advance) and may be viewed by clicking on the meeting in the calendar section.

January 28
February 25
March 24
April 28
May 26
June 23
July 28
August 25
September 29*
October 27
November 24
December 22

*This meeting will be on the 5th Tuesday of the month.

Special meetings are scheduled as required and listed on the calendar.



Town Offices Address

Town of Middlefield
393 Jackson Hill Rd
P.O. Box 179
Middlefield, CT 06455


General Office Hours

Monday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Emergency Information

Fire - Police - Medical --- Dial 911
Police / Resident State Troopers: 860-349-9685
State Police, Troop F, Westbrook: 860-399-2100
Animal Control: 860-349-1333