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Board of Zoning Appeals 

The Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) is a quasi-legal board of resident volunteers appointed by the mayor and all city council members. 

The board is charged with hearing requests for variances from the standards of the zoning ordinance and appeals of administrative determinations.

With regard to decisions on primary variances, the board’s basis for all decisions is provided by these four considerations in total:

  1. Relief, if granted, would not offend the spirit or intent of the ordinance.
  2. There are such extraordinary and exceptional situations or conditions pertaining to the particular piece of property that the literal or strict application of the ordinance would create an unnecessary hardship due to size, shape or topography, or other extraordinary and exceptional situations or conditions not caused by the variance applicant.
  3. Relief, if granted, would not cause a substantial detriment to the public good and surrounding properties.
  4. That the public safety, health and welfare are secured, and that substantial justice is done.

The BZA also hears sign variance considerations. Relief only to the sign ordinance may be granted where existing foliage or structures bring about a hardship whereby a sign meeting minimum letter size, square footage and height requirements cannot be read from an adjoining public road.

Submission guidelines and dates are available by contacting the Community Development Department.

The BZA meets the third Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. in City Council chambers. All meetings are open to the public and anyone is welcome to attend.

For a complete list of meeting notices, agendas and minutes, click here.

Members

Ken Sisson At Large Appointed by Joe Lockwood
Jason Cole District 1, Post 1 Appointed by Peyton Jamison
Hodge Patel District 1, Post 2 Appointed by Burt Hewitt
Todd Chernik District 2, Post 1 Appointed by Laura Bentley
Brenda Hamstead District 2, Post 2 Appointed by Matt Kunz
Kim Keller District 3, Post 1 Appointed by Joe Longoria
Don Curt District 3, Post 2 Appointed by Rick Mohrig 

Staff Contacts

Name Position Contact
Angela Rambeau Principal Planner (Plan Review, Sign Permits, Variances)