The board consists of five members who are residents of the city and four alternate members who serve in the absence of one or more regular members. Administrative support is provided by the community services department.
The Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) is a quasi-judicial appeals board that hears appeals of decisions of the director of community services or his/her designee as they concern enforcement of the Zoning Ordinance. The ZBA considers requests for variances or deviations from specific zoning ordinance requirements, but does not have the authority to change the zoning of property. The ZBA considers special exceptions for off-street parking and loading requirements and to allow the restoration of a nonconforming structure to its nonconforming state if it has been destroyed by fire or the elements.
Special exceptions are also considered to increase the size of an institutional sign in a residential zoning district or to allow the continued existence for up to one year of any sign with substantial damage. Under specific guidelines, the ZBA may authorize variances of the height, setbacks, area, lot coverage, landscaping, and minimum parking requirements. The ZBA does not have the authority to review or recommend changes to the Zoning Ordinance, although they have on rare occasions suggested changes that the staff and the Planning and Zoning Commission may wish to consider.
Level of Authority:
The ZBA is the final authority on all matters for which it is responsible. Any appeal of a ZBA decision must be directed to District Court rather than to the City Council.