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Searching the ZBA Web Site

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The search features on the ZBA web site are provided by Atomz.com. Atomz is a company which provides web-based search services for web sites ranging from Hewlett-Packard and Fujitsu to the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles and the judicial branch of the New Hampshire state government. Atomz provides free search services for small web sites like the ZBA, and commercial search services for larger sites.

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How to Search

To search in the ZBA web site, type in a search query, choose what portion of the web site you want to search in, and click the Search button (or press the Return or Enter key on your keyboard).

The “Search in” Option

The search box on the main ZBA page has a pop-up menu that lets you search the entire ZBA web site, the Wilton Zoning Ordinance, the archive of minutes of past ZBA meetings, or the archive of past ZBA decisions. It is initially set to search the entire web site.

The search box on a page in the Ordinance, Minutes, or Decisions section of the web site will only search in that particular section.

Rules for the Search Query

Words and Phrases

If you type a multi-word query, it will be treated as a collection of individual words to search for rather than as a single phrase. For example, if you search for school board, you will find any pages that contain the phrase “school board”; but you will also find pages that contain “zoning board”, “planning board”, “high school”, and “elementary school”. To search for a complete phrase, put quotation marks around it: if you search for "school board", you will only find pages that contain the phrase “school board”.

A query can contain multiple words and phrases. For example, the query "special exception" wetland "zoning board" will find pages with some combination of the phrase “special exception”, the word “wetland”, and the phrase “zoning board”.

Capital Letters

If a word or phrase in your query contains any capital letters, then the search will only find pages that contain that word or phrase with exactly the same capitalization. If the query word or phrase doesn't have any capital letters, then the search will ignore capitalization. For example, if you search for school, you will find pages containing “the school system”, “school children”, “Wilton Elementary School”, and “day care, pre-school, or kindergarten”; but if you search for School you will only find the page containing “Wilton Elementary School”.

Required and Excluded Words and Phrases

When you type a query with more than one word or phrase, you will find all pages that contain any of them. If you put a plus sign (+) at the beginning of a word or phrase, the search will only find pages that contain that word or phrase. If you put a minus sign (-) at the beginning of a word or phrase, the search will not find any page that contains that word or phrase. (A plus sign or minus sign at the beginning of a phrase must come before the quotation mark.)

For example, if you type aquifer watershed +district, you will find all pages that contain the word “district”, and pages that also contain the words “aquifer” or “watershed” will be at the top of the list. The query planning -"planning board" will find pages that contain the word “planning”, but that don't contain the phrase “planning board”.

“Wildcard” Searches

You can use an asterisk in a word to stand for any letters. For example, the query wh* will find pages containing “who”, “what”, “when”, etc.