The purpose of the Zoning Hearing Board is to help assure fair and equitable application of the Zoning Ordinance by hearing appeals to the Zoning Officer’s decisions and where appropriate granting relief from the literal enforcement of the Ordinance. Since the Board is quasi-judicial in nature and has no legislative power.
The Board has exclusive jurisdiction to hear appeals and render final decisions, including but not limited to challenges to the validity of the zoning ordinance, procedual questions or defects, determinations of the zoning officer, appeals from determinations of the zoning officers with regard to requests for variances, special exceptions, and transfer of development rights.
The Board can not:
- make nor modify zoning policy
- enact or amend the Zoning Ordinance
- create or change any zoning classifications
The Zoning Hearing Board consists of four members (3 + 2 alternates) appointed by City Council, each serving four-year, staggered terms. Members of the Board do not receive compensation for the performance of their duties.
The Code Compiance Coordinator schedules hearings for submitted applications of appeals for the Board. During the hearing evidence is submitted. A written decision is subsequently issued based upon the facts presented and interpretation of applicable laws.
Its scope of activities is limited to those permitted by the PA Municipalities Planning Code and the local Zoning Ordinance.
Zoning Hearing Board Members:
Francis Tress, Chairman
Zoning Hearing Board Solicitor:
Attorney John Walker, Jr.
McNees, Autenreith, Rackley & Walker
345 Commerce Street
Beaver, PA 15009