Step 3: Board of Zoning Adjustment

1.  Once the date of a Public Hearing is set by the case manager, you are required to send public notification to adjoining property owners by mail. Neighbors must be sent notification 14 days prior to the Public Hearing. Click here for additional information on public notices and here for the affidavit of notification. Also, signs are required to be posted on the property (Planning & Design staff will post the signs). Those signed up with our neighborhood notification program will also be notified by email. 


2.  The Case Manager conducts a site inspection of the property to assess the impact of the proposed development on the surrounding area and prepares a staff report at least 6 days prior to the Public Hearing. The staff report is provided in advance to BOZA members for their review and, together with the meeting agenda, is usually posted three days before the meeting here.


3.  BOZA holds the Public Hearing. Public Hearings are typically held on the 1st and 3rd Monday of the month at 8:30 am. in the Old Jail Building located at 514 W. Liberty Street. Often, there are multiple cases on the agenda to be reviewed. Routinely, the staff person assigned to the case outlines the request, the applicant will present their information, and others in support will follow. Next, people with a neutral stance can speak, followed by those in opposition. The applicant then has time for rebuttal.


4.  After the case has been heard, the Board will go into business session, where members will discuss and make a decision to approve or deny the request based upon all information presented. The decision is based upon your presentation, public testimony, and the staff report.


5.  At the following BOZA hearing (usually two weeks later), the Minutes from your Public Hearing are approved. Once this happens, the file is transmitted to you and to proper agencies for their use.