Board of Adjustment

About the Board of AdjustmentThe City’s Zoning Ordinance provides for the creation of a Board of Adjustment (Board) consisting of five members and two alternate members, appointed by the City Commission, for two-year terms. The purpose of the Board is to consider requests for variances from regulations of the Zoning Ordinance.
Current Members:
  • Bonnie Robbins BOA 06.26.2023 Bonnie Robbins - Term Expires 11/2025
  • Turner Baugh - Term Expires 11/2023
  • Leslie Howk BOA 06.26.2023 Leslie Howk - Term Expires 11/2023
  • Bryan Wood - Term Expires 11/2025
  • Michael Ellis BOA 06.26.2023 Michael Ellis - Term Expires 11/2025
  • Bo Asher BOA 06.26.23 Bo Asher - Alternate - Term Expires 11/2023
  • Mark Reyes BOA 06.26.2023 Mark Reyes - Alternate - Term Expires 11/2023
In general, the Board of Adjustment is the body established to:

1. Hear appeals of decisions rendered by zoning administrators
2. Interpret unclear provisions in the zoning ordinance
3. Decide on applications by landowners to permit buildings or land uses which vary from the zoning regulations.
Administrative appealsZoning administrators are given the authority to make many decisions relating to the implementation of the zoning ordinance. If a landowner is dissatisfied with the zoning administrator’s decision, the landowner has a right to appeal the decision to the board of adjustment. It is the board of adjustment’s job to determine the appropriateness of the administrator’s decision, based on the purpose and intent of the regulations. As part of this process, it often becomes necessary for the board to interpret unclear provisions of the ordinance that have led to a difference of opinion between the administrator and the landowner over the application of the regulations.
InterpretationsSometimes the zoning ordinance is not clear, and the zoning administrator, or some other party, wants clarification or has an issue with how the zoning ordinance is being interpreted. In these instances, the board of adjustment’s job is to determine the appropriate interpretation of that clause or part of the zoning ordinance.
VariancesZoning regulations cannot be written to address every possible situation that comes about from the use of the property. The zoning board of adjustment, therefore, is granted the authority to allow minor exceptions to the existing zoning rules to allow a landowner to do what would be otherwise generally forbidden by the ordinance. Variances are not supposed to be easy to obtain and require a showing of either “practical difficulties” or “unnecessary hardship,” depending on the type of variance being sought and the law particular to each state
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