The Zoning Board of Adjustment is a nine member board appointed by City Council. The main purposes of the Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) are to provide a “release valve” for those situations where literal enforcement of the Unified Development Code may impose unnecessary hardship. This is achieved by hearing cases for Variances. The specific Powers and Duties of the Zoning Board of Adjustment are available in Section 9.4 of the Unified Development Code.

Variances

Variances allow for adjustments to specific Unified Development Code requirements, owing to special and unique conditions, where the literal enforcement of the ordinance provisions result in an unnecessary hardship. When a lot differs from other lots in the same district by being of such restricted area, shape or slope that it cannot be developed in a manner commensurate with the development permitted upon other lots in the same district, a variance can be sought. It is important to understand that a variance shall not be granted to relieve a self-created or personal hardship, nor for financial reason only. The Variance application process is described in Section 10.4.7 of the Unified Development Code.

Current Agenda & Cases

Meetings are held at 6:00 p.m. in the Council Briefing Room at 101 West Abram Street. The fee to bring a case to the Zoning Board of Adjustment is $200. All cut-offs are at 5:00 p.m. Forms to bring a request for a Variance to the Zoning Board of Adjustment are available on the zoning and platting pages. Check this page for updated information as new cases are added.

Planner in Charge – Danielle Mathews, 817-459-6501

Administrative concerns – 817-459-6502