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Sunbury Recruiting Residents for Board of Zoning Appeals
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Steve Pyles, Administrator
The Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) is the local government body empowered by the charter to consider granting relief from the requirements of the zoning ordinance. From a practical standpoint, it is almost impossible to create zoning regulations that universally make sense on all parcels of land. The BZA allows property owners with unique conditions on their parcels to seek relief. The board is considered an administrative board that is quasi-judicial in nature. A quasi-judicial entity operates more like a court than a legislative body and uses many standards and procedures like the courts. BZA decisions are required to be guided by specific criteria, and decisions are made based upon the facts, not opinions. The primary role of the board of zoning appeals is to rule on existing zoning laws as opposed to making new laws, and therefore it is considered an administrative body.
The BZA’s duties fall into two categories:
The BZA will meet on an as-needed basis up to once per month and members are volunteers.
To be eligible to serve on the Sunbury BZA one must be:
Individuals who meet the above criteria and are interested in serving on this board can find more information on how to apply on Sunbury’s website under the home page. Applicants are encouraged to apply by November 16, 2022 and will be accepted until two board positions are filled by the Sunbury Council. Residents interested in serving the community can apply with a cover letter and resume by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or drop off a letter and resume to the Sunbury Administrative Office at 9 East Granville Street.