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WHAT CAN JERRY HESS AND THE ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS DO?
You don't like the way your block is zoned? The Building Department won't give you a permit to build what you want? You'd like to put a second house on your lot? You've already built something and you don't want to tear it down?
AHA! Jerry Hess has just been elected Chairman of the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA). You can appeal to her to give you a variance. Right? WRONG!
Many people think the ZBA can let you legally violate the zoning ordinance. Though it may sometimes seem like that, actually the ZBA's powers are very limited and strictly spelled out in the City Charter (sec. 6-10009).
Usually variances are supposed to be granted in cases of unusual terrain, odd-shaped lots, lot dimensions slightly less than required, and similar situations. If what is requested is actually a change in zoning, the ZBA cannot grant it. This is a legislative matter and has to follow the usual path via the Planning Commission and the City Council.
GOOD LUCK, JERRY!
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