Board of Zoning Appeals Regulations and Appointments
- Shall consist of 5 members.
- Shall be appointed by council.
- Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson shall serve 1 year until re-elected.
- Members shall serve overlapping terms of 3-5 years or thereafter until their successors are appointed.
- All meetings are open to the public and records are subject to FOIA.
- Teara Barnwell- Chair
- Jennifer Crawford
- Josh Holiday
- Frank Guldner
- John Cox
Three main responsibilities:
- To review appeals of alleged administrative errors.
- To review requests for variances for relief from and unreasonable hardship.
- To review uses by special exceptions, as defined in local ordinances.
- Only the BZA may handle variances, special exceptions and Variances
- A person may file an appeal if they believe the zoning administrator’s decision is inconsistent with the provisions of the zoning ordinance.
- Appeals must be filed 30 days after the decision of the zoning administrator.
- The board may enforce, overturn, or modify the zoning administrators decision.
- The board can only consider whether the zoning administrator has read the ordinance correctly.
- Must prove that the zoning ordinance presents a specific hardship for the land owners proposed use.
- Built into zoning ordinance
- Must prove a need need
- Must meet conditions noted in the ordinance to receive a permit.
- Granted by zoning administrator.
- Because the BZA is a quasi-judicial body, they must give 15 days’ public notice of an appeal hearing by publication in a general circulation newspaper.
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