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.

Current Members

  • 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

Appeals:

  • 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.

Variances:

  • Must prove that the zoning ordinance presents a specific hardship for the land owners proposed use.

Special Exceptions:

  • Built into zoning ordinance
  • Must prove a need need

Conditional Uses:

  • Must meet conditions noted in the ordinance to receive a permit.
  • Granted by zoning administrator.

Scheduling

  • 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.

Planning and BZA Flow Chart 

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