The board of zoning appeals (BZA) is judiciary in nature with the authority to consider applications for variances, conditional uses and appeals.
Variance: Under certain conditions, an application may be submitted to request a departure from any provision of the zoning requirements, except use, for a specific parcel (e.g. setbacks, size of signs, size of buildings), without changing the zoning resolution or the underlying zoning of the parcel.
Conditional Use Permit: In some zoning districts, specific uses are not permitted except for certain conditions set by the Zoning Resolution. An applicant which chooses those uses must apply for a Conditional Use Permit and have the application heard and decided by the Board.
Appeal: Enforcement actions alleged to be in error in any order, requirement, decision or determination may be appealed to the BZA.
The BZA operates under the authority of ORC §519 and the members may deliberate on their decisions privately after all the evidence on each case in a public hearing has been received and heard. The BZA must then return to the public meeting to render their decision. The BZA’s decision is final and appeal-able only to a court of common pleas.
Each member is appointed by the township trustees for a five-year term and an alternate member is appointed for a one-calendar year term and all members must be a resident of the unincorporated area of Jefferson Township.
The board of zoning appeals meetings are held the first Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Jefferson Township fire station, 6767 Havens Corners Road. This is a new schedule for 2016.