Zoning Board of Appeals and Procedures

The Zoning Board of Appeals meets the second and last Wednesday of the month. Meetings are held in the City Council Chambers at 7 p.m..

Board Members:
Robert Szwed- Chairman

Julius Enesey- Vice Chair

Jack Haydon, Jr.- Secretary

Nancy Smith

Steve Sandifur

John Coughlin- Alternate Board Member

Zoning Board of Appeals Petition

Zoning Board of Appeals Procedures:

For a Downloadable PDF of this procedure, click here.

The Zoning Board of Appeals meets at 7 p.m.on the second and last Wednesdays of each month in the City Council Chambers.  

Your meeting will be scheduled to allow for notice to be sent to the surrounding properties (15 days prior to the meeting).  

The Zoning Board of Appeals will review and hear comments to the proposed request at the public hearing. The applicant  is scheduled to give their presentation of their proposed request to the Board at this time. Zoning Board of Appeals will either  approve, approve with modifications and/or conditions, deny or table the proposed request.

If approved, the applicant may then pull the proper permits from the building department, as necessary.

No appeal which has been denied wholly or in part by the Zoning Board of Appeals shall be resubmitted for a period of one (1) year from the effective date of said order of denial, except on the grounds of new evidence or proof of a change in conditions found to be valid by the Zoning  Board of Appeals.

Pre-Application Conference:

A potential applicant for Zoning Board of Appeals must request a pre-application meeting with the Planning Department, prior to filing an application. The purpose of this meeting is to provide the potential applicant with information and assistance regarding the application, procedures and requirements of the City, when applying to the Zoning Board of Appeals.

Submitting Your Application:

Applications must be complete and notarized  before submitting to the Planning Department.  Incomplete applications will not be accepted.  Deadline for applications is noon three weeks prior to the regularly scheduled meeting.  Deadline is firm.  No exceptions are made.

Eleven (11) copies are required of each of the following:

  • Application
  • A letter addressing the Board stating your hardship of the property and any other relevant information as to why the Ordinance requirements cannot be met.
  • Site Plan/Survey (drawn to scale)
  • When submitting a site plan (which must be folded) or survey, please indicate all dimensions of the property, buildings, etc., and any other information necessary for the appeal. It is strongly recommended that a property survey be used.If you do not provide accurate information, your request will be tabled at the meeting.
  • Any other documentation you believe may help your appeal. (One copy of proof of ownership is required)

Filing Fee: Residential Homeowner is $100. Contractors representing Homeowners and Commercial or Industrial property is $500 for the first variance and $250 for each additional variance.

Planning Department

(same as before)