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Planning Board seeks associate member

  Mayor Gary Christenson is reaching out to Malden residents in an effort to fill an associate member vacancy on the Planning Board. The nine-member Planning Board is the primary special permit granting authority under the city’s zoning ordinance (land use regulations). The Planning Board also has two associate members, one of whom participates when there are not nine full members available for the hearing or when a member is present but has a conflict of interest. Members of the Planning Board participate and vote on all petitions, hearings and/or matters before the Board for which they are in attendance and do not have a conflict of interest.

  The Planning Board administers the subdivision control law, makes recommendations to the City Council on zoning amendments and conducts master planning activities. The Planning Board meets on the second Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m. at the City Council Chambers at City Hall (215 Pleasant St., first floor) and as necessary.

  The primary difference between an associate member and a full member is that full members participate and vote on all petitions, hearings and/or matters before the Board for which they are in attendance and do not have a conflict of interest. An associate member participates when there are not nine full members available for the hearing. Typically, the need for associate members arises when a full member is absent from a meeting or when a full member is present but has a conflict of interest.

  Associate members should plan to attend all scheduled Planning Board meetings and prepare for them as a full member would, in the event they are called upon to participate. If all nine full members attend, the associate members do not participate. If there is one member not in attendance, hearing participation will be alternated between the two associate members.

  To apply, please complete the online Boards and Commissions Application in full at www.cityofmalden.org/BCApplication. Please email kmanninghall@cityofmalden.org for more information. The deadline for accepting applications is Monday, April 18 at 5 p.m.

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