Board of Zoning Appeals
There shall be a Board of Zoning Appeals consisting of 5 electors of the
City appointed by Council to serve for a term of 4 years. Of those first
appointed under this chapter, 2 shall serve 2 years and 3 shall serve 4
years. The Board shall establish its own rules of procedure and keep a
record of its proceedings in all matters coming before the Board. No
resolution overruling an action under the Zoning Ordinance by any
administrative officer of the City shall be adopted except by the
affirmative vote of 4 members of this Board. Council shall fill all
vacancies by appointment for the unexpired term.
The Board shall have the power to hear and determine appeals on refusal
of building permits and to permit exceptions to and variations from the
zoning regulations in individual cases, and may be required to afford
justice and avoid unreasonable hardship to property owners. The
standards in all instances to be applied by the Board shall be
established by ordinance of Council.
City staff shall provide advice and technical support for the Board of
Zoning Appeals, but do not work for the Board. Staff is to be treated
with respect and human dignity. Any breach or abuse of this may result
in dismissal by the City Council.
The City Council shall have the right to remove, for misfeasance,
malfeasance or nonfeasance, by a two-thirds vote of Council, any
appointed member of the Board of Zoning Appeals. Members are expected to
be present at all meetings, if possible. If the member is unexcused for
two consecutive meetings, they may be removed from the Board with a
two-thirds vote of Council.