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Beauty Is In The Eye Of The Beholder – And In The Eye Of The Planning Board

Sometimes a planning or zoning board objects to a project based on how it looks. Aesthetic issues that come up in site plan, subdivision, or variance review may include the size and shape of a building, the materials used for a project, or even the color of a building or sign. The question often arises whether it is proper for a zoning board to deny approval, or to condition approval, based on such aesthetic concerns.

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