The Zoning Board of Appeals reviews, ensures compliance with and recommends to the City Council requests for the rezoning of parcels, the granting of special uses, amendments to the Zoning Ordinance and creations of planned unit developments. Members include seven local citizens and are appointed by the Mayor with consent by the City Council. Terms run for five years.
The purpose of the ZBA is to hold a public hearing on any request for the rezoning of a parcel, the granting of a special use, an amendment to the Zoning Ordinance, or the creation of a planned unit development. The ZBA provides recommendations to the City Council for its final decision. The ZBA’s role is to provide an impartial review and forward a recommendation that it feels best serves the public interest. The ZBA also conducts public hearings on requests for variances from building setbacks and has final decision-making authority on these cases.
At its February 2009 meeting, the Zoning Board of Appeals held a Public Hearing to review the zoning map and make a recommendation to the City Council to adopt the Official Zoning Map as presented. After deliberations the board voted unanimously to recommend approval and the City Council approved the amending ordinance in April 2009. The zoning map is an ever changing document. The online mapping site is updated on an ongoing-basis.