Ronald W. Nesbitt

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Oct 20

Various Functions of Webster's Four Boards

Posted on October 20, 2014 at 9:40 AM by PattiAnn Schultz

Over time, everyone forgets what the functions are of the four boards that make decisions for all Webster residents. The Town of Webster has the Conservation Board, the Zoning Board, and the Planning Board which are appointed boards by the Town Board.  The Town Board is an elected board by the residents of Webster.

 The Conservation Board looks at all planning projects in regards to tree conservation, landscaping and other conservation concerns.  They report their findings and recommendations to the Planning Board.  The Conservation Board meets twice each month on the second and fourth Mondays of the month. There is a Chairman of the board and four other board members, along with the Deputy Superintendent of Public Works that attend these meetings.

The Zoning Board is responsible for matters of zoning that do not meet current Town Code.  One can apply to the Zoning Board for relief from the Town Code to do something or build something not currently permitted in the Town of Webster Code Book. The Zoning Board is made up of a Chairman and four other board members, one of the Deputy Town Attorneys and the Deputy Superintendent of Public Works attending each meeting. The Zoning Board meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month.

The Planning Board is made up of a Chairman and six other board members, the other Deputy Town Attorney and the Deputy of Superintendent of Public Works attending each meeting.  This board meets on the first and third Tuesdays of each month. The Planning Board is the lead board in many environmental issues regarding plans submitted to them. The Planning Board reviews plans for commercial and residential projects and makes recommendations to the applicant that follow the Town of Webster Comprehensive Plan.

The Town Board is elected by the residents of Webster to represent the residents for the length of their elected terms. The Town Board does indeed appoint members from the community to serve on the Conservation Board, Zoning Board and Planning Board.  These are not political appointments but appointments based on qualifications and applicant’s desire to serve the residents of Webster. If you where to look at the Conservation, Zoning and Planning Boards you will find a diverse group of men and women based on qualifications and not political affiliation. 

As explained above, each board has a certain function to perform for the residents of Webster and I am very proud of the job that they do for you. Each member is required to attend training every year or they can be removed from their position for not doing so. They have a tough job to do and I understand that sometimes Webster residents are not in agreement with a certain board or decision.  However, believe me, they put their heart and soul in to trying to make the right decision for everyone who lives in Webster.


Now, sometimes an issue comes before the Planning or Zoning Board that some Webster residents feel that the decision was not what they hoped for or wanted. That is when my phone rings and I get, “… well I voted for you and I want you to do something about this decision because I don't agree with it or its totally wrong (for this or that reason)”.  Just recently on a couple of projects before the Zoning and Planning Boards residents have been active in emailing and calling me to change or get involved in the decisions of the Zoning or Planning Board.

That is something I, and the other four Town Board members have not ever done or will we ever do. Each board makes their own decisions which stand on their own merits in a court of law and within the Town of Webster. I never discuss a Zoning or Planning matter with any board members and I certainly would not and never have told a board member how I would like them to vote. That type of government just does not take place here in Webster under my administration and I will not tolerate any of it.

If you have any questions about the procedures of the above four boards, or you would like to send in your resume to be considered for an appointment to the Conservation Board, Planning Board or Zoning Board, please email me at

As always, if you have any questions about your town government, please feel free to contact me during regular business hours at (585) 872-7068; or email me anytime at  

Ronald W. Nesbitt