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Zoning Board of Adjustment Needs Applicants

Updated: Mar 8, 2019


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There are two openings on the Zoning Board of Adjustment, whose duties include, "To hear and decide applications for variances..."


The board meets twice a month. Compensation is $50 per meeting. Women and people of color are encouraged to apply.


Full details from the city website are here. Application deadline is March 31.


Here is a summary of the Zoning Board of Adjustment's duties:


525.110. - Board of Adjustment.


(a) Establishment.There is hereby established a board of adjustment, which shall perform its duties and exercise its powers as provided by law in such a way as the objectives of this zoning ordinance shall be observed.


(b)  Jurisdiction and authority.The board of adjustment shall have the following powers and duties in connection with the administration of this zoning ordinance:

(1)  To hear and decide applications for variances from the provisions of this zoning ordinance pursuant to the procedures and standards set forth in this chapter.

(2)  To hear and decide appeals from any order, requirement, decision, determination or interpretation made by the zoning administrator, director of regulatory services, planning director or other official in the administration or the enforcement of this zoning ordinance.

(3)  To hear and decide applications for certificates of nonconforming use pursuant to the procedures and standards set forth in Chapter 531, Nonconforming Uses and Structures.


(c)  Finality of decisions. All decisions and findings of the board of adjustment shall be final subject to appeal to the city council, as provided in section 525.180.

(d)  Membership. The board shall consist of nine (9) members who shall be appointed by the city council from an advisory list submitted to it by the city planning commission. All appointments shall be made in conformance with the city's open appointments ordinance as outlined in Chapter 14 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances and geographically representative of community interests. Members shall serve for a term of three (3) years, and shall be appointed as the terms of the present members of the existing board of adjustment expire. All members shall continue in office until their successors are appointed. Any member of the board may be removed therefrom for cause by the city council.


(e)  Officers. The officers of the board of adjustment shall be the chair and, in the absence of the chair, an acting chair.


(f)  Public hearings. The board of adjustment shall schedule public hearings not less than twice per month, except in those months where the chair determines that because of holiday schedules or the number of agenda items one (1) meeting is sufficient to carry out the board's duties. Such public hearings shall be noticed and conducted pursuant to the provisions of section 525.150.


(g)  Rules and procedures. The board of adjustment shall adopt policies and procedures for the conduct of its meetings, the processing of applications and for any other purposes considered necessary for its proper functioning, and shall select or appoint officers as it deems necessary.


(h)  Compensation of board of adjustment members. The members of the board of adjustment shall be paid at the rate of fifty dollars ($50.00) for each official meeting attended with a limitation of one (1) meeting per day and four (4) meetings per month.


(2002-Or-083, § 3, 8-9-02; 2004-Or-143, § 3, 12-23-04; 2010-Or-009, § 2, 2-26-2010; 2010-Or-038, § 1, 4-16-2010; 2013-Or-241, § 3, 12-13-2013; Ord. No. 2017-015 , § 2, 4-14-17)

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