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Posted on: May 7, 2020

Zoning Board of Adjustments Vacancies - Places 2 and 4

The City of Watauga is accepting applications to fill positions 2 and 4 on the Zoning Board of Adjustments.  The Zoning Board of Adjustment hears cases referring to variances to the building codes.   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.   The board of adjustment must consist of at least five members to be appointed for terms of two years. The governing body must provide the procedure for appointment. The governing body may authorize each member of the governing body, including the mayor, to appoint one member to the board. The appointing authority may remove a board member for cause, as found by the appointing authority, on a written charge after a public hearing. A vacancy on the board shall be filled for the unexpired term.  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. 

Meetings are called as needed at City Hall.

Applications are available at City Hall, 7105 Whitley Road, or on the City of Watauga web site.  The position vacancy will be advertised through June 5, 2020.  Completed applications must be submitted to the office of the City Secretary by the submittal deadline, June 5, 2020 at 5 p.m., for consideration.

For further information please contact the City Secretary’s Office at 817.514.5825.

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