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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:
Residents interested in serving on the BZA can apply with a cover letter and resume by email to email@example.com or drop off a letter and resume to the Sunbury Administrative Office at 9 East Granville Street. Applicants are encouraged to apply by February 21, 2020 and will be accepted until all six board positions are filled by the Sunbury Council.