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Zoning - Board of Appeals:

The City Council acts as the City's Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) and is responsible for the following:

  • Ensuring that the objectives of the Zoning Ordinance are fully and equitably achieved
  • Providing a means for competent interpretation of the Zoning Ordinance
  • Accomplishing flexibility in the strict application of the Zoning Ordinance
  • Ensuring that the spirit of the Zoning Ordinance is observed, public safety is secured and substantial justice is achieved

The ZBA is responsible for hearing the following matters:

  • Administrative appeals from decisions or act of judgment by the Development Official, Planning Commission or City Council regarding the Zoning Ordinance
  • Appeals from decisions made by the Planning Commission or City Council pertaining to site plans
  • Interpretation of the Zoning Ordinance when it is alleged that a particular provision of the Ordinance is unclear or if there is uncertainty over zoning district boundaries
  • Determining the classification of any land use not specifically mentioned as a part of the provision of any district § Determining the off-street parking and loading requirements of land uses not specifically mentioned in the Off-street Parking and Loading section of the Zoning Ordinance
  • Requests for non-use variances. Non-use variances are only allowed by the ZBA in cases where there is reasonable evidence of a practical difficulty. The ZBA reviews specific standards to determine if there is justification and support for a non-use variance
  • Requests for use variances. Like non-use variances, use variances are only granted when there is reasonable evidence of unnecessary hardship
Applications for variances may be obtained at City Hall.