Zoning Board of Adjustment

Meetings


The Zoning Board of Adjustment hears cases referring to variances to the building codes. Meetings are called as needed at City Hall.

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Members


David Villafuerte
Member
Place 1

Two-year Term 
Sept. 2019-Aug. 2021

James Kite


Chairperson
Place 2

Term Expires
August 2020

Pete Beierschmitt


Vice-Chairperson
Place 3

Two-year Term  
Sept. 2019-Aug. 2021

Mel Eperthener


Member
Place 4

Term Expires
August 2020 

Charlie Mann


Member
Place 5

Two-year Term 
Sept. 2019-Aug. 2021
Mary Stormer
Alternate Member
Place 1

Two-year Term  
Sept. 2019-Aug. 2021

Damon Solko


Alternate Member
Place 2

Two-year Term 
Sept. 2019-Aug. 2021

Lissa Sieja


Alternate Member
Place 3

Two-year Term 
Sept. 2019-Aug. 2021

Jan Hill


Alternate Member
Place 4

Two-year Term 
Sept. 2019-Aug. 2021
Lovie Downey
Primary Liaison
 
Andrew Neal
Alternate Liaison

Overview


Section 211.008 of the Local Government Code provides that the governing body of a municipality may provide for a board of adjustment and may authorize the board of adjustment, in appropriate cases and subject to appropriate conditions and safeguards, to make special exceptions to the terms of the zoning ordinance that are consistent with the general purpose and intent of the zoning ordinance. Section 211.009 provides that the board of adjustment may hear and decide special exceptions to the terms of a zoning ordinance when the ordinance requires the board to do so. Section 211.009 further provides that the board of adjustment may authorize a variance from the terms of a zoning ordinance if the variance is not contrary to the public interest and, due to special conditions, a literal enforcement of the ordinance would result in unnecessary hardship, and so that the spirit of the ordinance is observed and substantial justice is done.

When faced with request for a variance, it is the duty of a zoning board of adjustment to determine whether literal application of the zoning ordinance to the particular piece of property would be unreasonable in light of the general statutory purpose to secure reasonable zoning. The reasonableness test is viewed in light of the practical difficulty of applying the ordinance to the property in question. A board of adjustment must act within strictures set by the legislature and the city council and may not stray outside its specifically granted authority.