Zoning Board of Adjustment 
David Malinowski, Secretary
201-531-7180
DaveM@CarlstadtNJ.us

The Zoning Board of Adjustment is the board of “non-permitted uses.” The board deals with the issuance of variances which are based upon the borough’s zoning ordinance. The board sits as a quasi-judicial board. Its purpose is to provide relief from zoning requirements which cannot be satisfied. The requests for relief are not based upon policy, but rather upon the ability of an applicant to prove his or her case. The zoning board must make decisions much as a judge does in court. Please be aware that an applicant is never entitled to a variance. Rather, an applicant must meet specific criteria contained in the Municipal Land Use Law by satisfying certain legal standards of proof, and the burden is upon the applicant to show that he or she is entitled to the specific relief requested. Depending upon the type of variance requested, the applicant will need to prove special reasons, a balancing of the benefits, hardship, the negative criteria, etc.

The Zoning Board of Adjustment consists of seven regular members and two alternate members. No member may hold any elective office or position under the municipality. No member may act on any matter in which he or she has, either directly or indirectly, any personal or financial interest.

Board Members
Chairman: Vincent DeSimone
Vice Chairman: Allan Nasseh 
Secretary: David Malinowski 
Council Liaison: James Lenoy
John Lopez 
Victor Fonseca 
Patrick Fucci 
Don Diorio
​John Sabia
Bob Sulikowski, Alternate No.1
Vincent Calcagno, Alternate No. 2 

Borough Engineer: Neglia Engineering
Planner: Ken Nelson 
Attorney: Walter Slomienski, Jr

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