The Board meets on an as needed basis, at a time designated by the Planning Director in the Council Chambers at City Hall. Three members constitute a quorum and all official actions of the Board require an affirmative vote thereon by no less than a majority of the members present. All meetings are subject to Section 286.011, Florida Statutes, et seq. (Public Meeting Law).
In October or as soon thereafter of each year, the Board elects from its membership a Chairman and Vice Chairman, both of whom serve for one year or until they are reelected or their successors are elected.
The duties and responsibilities of the Board are: (1) To hear and decide appeals, variations, exceptions, or disputes where it is alleged there is error in any order, requirement, decision or determination made in the administration and enforcement of the Land Use Regulations. Such issues may include but not be limited to a finding of concurrency deficiency, refusal on the part of the City to issue a final development order, interpretation of provisions of the Standard Unsafe Building Abatement Code, disputes in changes of zoning districting on the zoning map, etc.; (2) Approval of variances and special exceptions from the provisions of sections specifically enumerated in the Land Use Regulations when not contrary to the public interest. Such variations are normally approved under special conditions whereby a literal enforcement of the provisions would result in an unnecessary hardship; and (3) To act in an advisory capacity to the City Council and make periodic recommendations to the Council concerning the need to study, revise, or amend city codes and ordinances affecting the growth and development of the City in an orderly and efficient manner.
These boards do not operate under a separate budget; however, the City provides administrative support.
The Board of Adjustment was established by Ordinance in 1964 and has been amended several times since with the most recent amendment by Ordinance 840 on 8-22-94.
Note: Term limits are automatically renewed for a like term unless an appointing official or the City Council as a whole states otherwise at the time of re-election, death, dismissal, or resignation by the appointee. Voting by the membership is promulgated by ordinance.