Boards & Commissions

The volunteerism spirit in the Village of Arlington Heights is one of our strongest attributes. Nearly 150 volunteers serve on the Villages’ Boards and Commissions. Their advisory role in making recommendations to the Village Board is critical to the success of a well-balanced community.  This network of volunteers is involved in many aspects, from reviewing development plans to planning special events; from advising on housing programs to assisting various groups such as businesses, senior citizens, our youth, and citizens with disabilities. The service of these volunteer members is greatly appreciated.







Arlington Economic Alliance

Intent and Purpose
To provide the business community a strong partnership with the Village and to promote a healthy business climate. The Alliance is the Village Board’s economic advisory committee on business issues.

Members
The Arlington Economic Alliance consists of 13 members, appointed by the Village President and the Village Board for three year terms. The current members of the Arlington Economic Alliance are:

  • Scott Whisler, Chair
  • Frank Appleby
  • Anthony Guido
  • Lisa Henderson
  • Jackie Lewis
  • Rex Paisley
  • Dave Parulo
  • Jon Ridler
  • Brian Roginski
  • Andi Ruhl
  • Partha Shaha

The administrative contact for the Arlington Economic Alliance is the Business Development Coordinator of the Planning & Community Development Department at 847.368.5200. 

Duties & Responsibilities
The Arlington Economic Alliance shall promote economic development by activities including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Advising the Village on the development and implementation of business retention/expansion programs
  • Advising the Village on the implementation of a marketing program to attract new business and industry
  • Monitoring business activity and trends on the local, state and national levels
  • Establishing a focal point for businesses to approach and discuss issues that affect them
  • Engaging representatives from the following community-wide entities at Arlington Economic Alliance meetings as appropriate: Arlington Heights Memorial Library, Arlington Heights Park District, Township High School District 214,  the Special Events Commission and other entities as appropriate
  • Researching and advising the Board of Trustees, Village Manager and Boards and Commissions on matters relating to economic development
  • Annually, not later than the beginning of the fiscal year, submit an annual report to the Village Board

 

Arts Commission

Message from the Chair
Dear Arlington Heights Residents,
The arts are alive in Arlington Heights! Throughout the year, the Arlington Heights Arts Commission enhances and encourages art awareness within the Village and creates projects to keep cultural arts flourishing. We welcome community participation in all aspects of the arts - visual, writing, performance and music. Some of our programs include: the bi-annual Art Outreach Events, the Cultural Arts Award, Decorated Object Competition, the Photography Competition and the Banner Pole Project. We also support village events such as the Library's Teen Film Festival and the Historical Society's Festival of Wreaths. We look forward to seeing and working ith many of you as we help to keep the arts alive and vibrant in Arlington Heights!

Janet Souter, Chair
Village of Arlington Heights Arts Commission

Read the Arts Commission brochure regarding its role to encourage art awareness in the community.

Mission
To enhance and encourage art in support of cultural advancement within the Village of Arlington Heights.

Intent and Purpose
To provide for an appointive, advisory body which shall, after due deliberation, make recommendations to the President and Board of Trustees on the acquisition of public art within the Village of Arlington Heights.

Members
The Arts Commission consists of nine members, residents of the Village, appointed by the Village President with the advice and consent of the Board of Trustees. The current members of the Arts Commission are:

  • Janet Souter, Chair
  • Scott DeLaney
  • Toni Higgins-Thrash
  • Kathy Neacy
  • Mary Seitz-Pagano
  • Kristen Schurtz
  • John Walsh

The Administrative Contact for the Arts Commission is Derek Mach, Landscape Planner, 847.368.5232.

Meetings and Quorum
Regular meetings of the Arts Commission are held at the call of the chair, which has typically been the first Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Commissions Room, located on the 2nd floor of Village Hall. Five members constitute a quorum.


Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee

Intent and Purpose
The Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Commission shall assist in the development of comprehensive plans for bikeways within the Village.

Members
The Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Commission consists of seven members, residents of the Village, appointed by the Village President with consent of the Village Board to three-year terms. Members of the Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Commission are:

  • Peter Szabo, Chair
  • Alan Medsker
  • Paul Danko
  • Juergen Juffa
  • Dr. Michael Bagby, D.C.
  • David Easley
  • Charlotte Obodzinski

The Administrative Liaison for the Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Commission is a member of the Engineering Department, 847.368.5250.

Meetings & Quorum
Regular meetings of the Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Commission are held on the call of the Chair. Four members constitute a quorum.

Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan 
The Village’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Commission is finalizing an update to the Arlington Heights Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan, with assistance from CMAP's Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program. CMAP is the comprehensive regional planning agency for metropolitan Chicago. The comprehensive plan will outline the community's vision for bicycle and pedestrian travel and define policies to help achieve Village-wide goals related to access, mobility, health and sustainability. 

The updated Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan was already reviewed by the Comprehensive Plan Subcommittee of the Village's Plan Commission and is going to the Plan Commission in July. 

Bike Arlington Heights Events
The BPAC organizes and hosts community bike rides to meet local cyclists and acquaint people with the Village network of bikeways. The Commission believes that in doing so, participants are encouraged to consider biking the next time they have a short trip to make into downtown or to any of the many destinations the Village of Arlington Heights is home to. Check back periodically for additional scheduled events

Bicycle Safety Information 

Bicycles & Public Transportation


Board of Health

Intent and Purpose
To provide for a fact-finding body which shall make recommendations to the Village Board on matters pertaining to health. Additionally, the Board of Health shall take emergency actions authorized by the Statute, such as quarantine, to protect the public health.

Members
The Board of Health consists of five members, who are residents of the Village and health care professionals, appointed by the Village President and the Village Board for three year terms. Members of the Board of Health are:

  • Timothy Laurie, MD, Chair
  • Jerome Meservey, MD
  • Thomas A. Harris, DDS
  • Karen VanLandeghem
  • Sean Barnett, MD

The Administration Liaison for the Board of Health is James McCalister, Director of Health & Human Services Department, 847.368.5763.

Meetings and Quorum
Regular meetings of the Board of Health are held at the call of the chair. Three members shall constitute a quorum.


Board of Local Improvements

Intent and Purpose
To provide recommendations to the Village Board on matters pertaining to the construction, extension, improvement or repair of any local improvements.

Members
The Board of Local Improvements consists of five members, residents of the Village, appointed by the Village President with consent of the Village Board for five-year terms. Members of the Board of Local Improvements are:

  • John Kazanow, President
  • Nicholas Cortesi
  • Bonifacio (Benny) Epino 
  • Gregory Franck
  • David Landeweer

The Administrative Liaison for the Board of Local Improvements is Jim Massarelli, Director of Engineering, 847.368.5250.

Meetings and Quorum
Regular meetings of the Board of Local Improvements are held at call by the chair. Three members constitute a quorum.


Building Code Review Board

Intent and Purpose
To make recommendations to the Village Board relating to waivers and amendments to the Building Code and administrative procedures relating to the enforcement of the Building Code.

Members
The Building Code Review Board consists of five members, residents of the Village, appointed by the Village President with consent of the Village Board for three-year terms. Members consist of a Trustee of the Village, a structural engineer, a building contractor, an architect and a mechanical engineer. A representative of the Building Department and a representative of the Fire Department shall each serve as Village Administrative Liaisons to the Board. Members of the Building Code Review Board are:

  • John Carrato, Chair
  • Carl F. Baldassarra
  • Richard Bondarowicz
  • Scott Smith
  • Trustee Jim Tinaglia

The Administration Contact for the Building Code Review Board is Steven Touloumis, Director of the Building & Life Safety Department, 847.368.5560.

Meetings and Quorum
Regular meetings of the Building Code Review Board are held at the call of the chair.


Commission for Citizens with Disabilities

Intent and Purpose
To promote the needs and concerns of the citizens with disabilities of the Village and to cooperate with the Village government and all other governmental agencies in the promotion of the cause of people with disabilities.

Members
The Commission for Citizens with Disabilities consists of nine members, residents of the Village, appointed by the Village President with the consent of the Village Board for three-year terms. Members of the Commission for Citizens with Disabilities are:

  • Roxanne Calibraro, Chair
  • Seth Jonathon Goldberg
  • Marc Klein
  • Jacqueline McCarty
  • Peggy McMahon
  • Eva Mullinax
  • Michele Ramsey
  • David McCallum

The Administrative Liaison for the Commission for Citizens with Disabilities is David Robb, Disability Services Coordinator, 847.368.5793.

Meetings and Quorum
Regular meetings are held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. Five members constitute a quorum.

Disability Employment Campaign
The Commission for Citizens with Disabilities developed a Business Information Packet as a way to provide businesses/employers with a resource they can reference in considering hiring skilled workers with disabilities. Employers are encouraged to consider hiring skilled workers with disabilities.

The packet provides information on tax incentives, reasonable accommodations, definition of disability by the Americans with Disabilities Act and other employment supports available to companies that employ workers with disabilities. 


Design Commission

Intent and Purpose
To provide for an appointive, advisory body which shall, after due deliberation, make recommendations to the Board of Trustees or the Building Commissioner on matters relating to external architectural design, aesthetics, landscape and signs.

Members
The Design Commission shall consist of five members, residents of the Village, appointed by the Village President by and with the advice and consent of the Board of Trustees. The current members are:

  • John Fitzgerald, Chair
  • Aaron Coon
  • Ted Eckhardt
  • Kirsten Kingsley
  • Jonathan Kubow

The Administrative contact for the Design Commission is Steve Hautzinger at 847.368.5213.  

General Information
The Design Commission shall review all Plan Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, Building Permit and Sign Permit applications for new construction and those applications for improvements which affect the architectural design of the building, site improvements or signage to determine whether it meets with the standards, requirements and purposes of the Design Guidelines and Chapter 30, Sign Code. The following applications can be found in our Community Planning & Zoning section of Village Services:

  • Design Commission application for Commercial/Multi-Family/Institutional projects
  • Design Commission application for Single Family projects
  • Design Commission application for Sign Variations
  • Design Commission application for Downtown Sign projects.

Approvals
The Design Commission has final authority on projects that do not require Village Board approval. Appeals to the Design Commission determinations may be done directly to the Village President and Board of Trustees. Appeals must be made in writing to the Village Manager within 30 days of receipt of the notice of denial by the Design Commission.

Meetings and Quorum
Regular meetings of the Design Commission are held at the call of the chair, which has typically been the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Meeting Room, located on the 3rd floor of Village Hall. Three members constitute a quorum. The vote of three members of the Design Commission is necessary for a motion to pass.


Electrical Commission

Intent and Purpose
To make recommendations to the Village Board on matters pertaining to electrical standards, specifications, rules, regulations and fees.

Members
The Electrical Commission consists of five members, residents of the Village, appointed by the Village President with consent from the Village Board for three-year terms. Members of the Electrical Commission are:

  • Joseph N. Bove, Chair
  • Henry Sievert
  • Gregory Paddack
  • Tom Hutchison

The Administrative Liaison for the Plan Reviewer Charley Craig, 847.368.5585

Meetings and Quorum
Regular meetings of the Electrical Commission are held at the call of the chair. Three members shall constitute a quorum.


Environmental Commission

Intent and Purpose
To promote the preservation and enhancement of the physical environment of the Village of Arlington Heights and cooperate with the Village government and all other governmental agencies in the protection of the environment.

Members
The Environmental Commission consists of seven members, residents of the Village, appointed by the Village President with consent of the Village Board for three-year terms. Members of the Environmental Commission are:

  • Theresa Jordan
  • Katherine McVay
  • Steven Sawyer
  • Dennis O'Brien
  • Troy Malik
  • Paul Balga
  • Daniel Kowalczyk, Youth Member

The Administrative Liaison for the Environmental Commission is Jeff Bohner, Environmental Health Officer, 847.368.5784.

Meetings and Quorum
Regular meetings are at the call of the Chair. Five members constitute a quorum.


Fire & Police Commission

Intent and Purpose
To comply with Statutes pertaining to the appointment of firefighters and police officers.

Members
The Fire and Police Commission consists of three members, residents of the Village, appointed by the Village President with consent of the Village Board for three-year terms. Members of the Fire and Police Commission are:

  • Lynn Szabo, Chair
  • Lee Hettinger
  • Luis Ramirez Alonso

The Administrative Liaison for the Fire and Police Commission is Mary Rath, Director of Human Resources, 847.368.5161.

Meetings and Quorum
Regular meetings of the Fire and Police Commission are held at the call of the chair.


Firefighters Pension Board

Intent and Purpose
To comply with Statutes pertaining to the control and management of the Firefighters Pension Fund.

Members
The Firefighters’ Pension Board consists of five members comprised of the following: two members from the municipality or fire district involved who are appointed by the Village President with consent from the Village Board; two members are active members of the pension fund elected from the active participants of the fund and one member is retired under the fund and elected from persons retired under the fund. Each member serves three-year terms. Members of the Firefighters’ Pension Board are:

  • Doug Ruhnke, President
  • Kenneth Koeppen
  • Thomas F. Kuehne
  • Kert Evans
  • Mark Aleckson

The Administrative Liaison for the Firefighters’ Pension Board is Thomas F. Kuehne, Director of Finance, 847.368.5500.

Meetings and Quorum
Regular meetings of the Firefighters’ Pension Board are on call.


Housing Commission

Intent and Purpose
To provide an appointive advisory body which shall:

  • Promote adequate housing for all of the community’s people, to create and/or maintain sound viable neighborhoods, to meet the needs for housing by increasing the number of housing units for low-and-moderate income families and individuals, and to expand housing opportunities for all members of the community
  • Constitute the Fair Housing Review Board for the purpose of conducting hearings and investigating complaints regarding discrimination in the sale, rental, or financing of housing 

Members
The Housing Commission consists of seven members, all residents of the Village, appointed by the Village President and the Village Board . The current members of the Housing Commission are:

  • Mark Hellner, Chair
  • Namrita Nelson
  • Alex Hageli
  • William F. Delea
  • Zachery Creer
  • Andrea Johnson
  • Andrew Tripp

The Administration Contact for the Housing Commission is Nora Boyer, Housing Planner, 847.368.5214.  

Activities
The Housing Commission is involved in the following activities:

  • Researches, initiates, and makes recommendations to the Village Board concerning Arlington Height programs and issues. For example, the Housing Commission provides input and makes funding suggestions concerning the Village’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) budget, affordable housing policies, Inter-jurisdictional Housing Initiative, etc.
  • Monitors Village housing programs such as the Single-Family Rehabilitation Loan Program, First-Time Homebuyer Program, implementation of the Multi-Family Affordable Housing Toolkit, CEDA’s Wright House transitional housing facility

Meetings and Quorum
Regular meetings of the Housing Commission are held at the call of the chair, which is typically on the first Tuesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. in the Commissions Conference Room, located on the 2nd floor of Village Hall. Four members constitute a quorum.


Plan Commission

Intent and Purpose
To provide for an appointive, fact-finding, advisory body which shall, after due deliberation and public hearing, when required, make recommendations to the Board of Trustees on matters pertaining to:

  • The Comprehensive Plan and Official Map
  • Chapter 28 | Zoning Regulations
  • Chapter 29 | Subdivision Regulations
  • Individual Petitions pertaining to the above
  • Such other matters as may be referred to the Plan Commission by the Village Board 

Members
The Plan Commission consists of nine members, all residents of the Village, appointed by the Village President with the advice and consent of the Board of Trustees. The current members of the Plan Commission are:

  • Terrence Ennes, Chair
  • Jay Cherwin
  • Susan Dawson
  • George T. Drost
  • Bruce C. Green
  • Lynn Jensen
  • Joseph Lorenzini
  • John Sigalos
  • Mary Jo Warskow

The Administration Contact for the Plan Commission is the Planning & Community Development Department at 847.368.5200.

General Information
The Plan Commission is charged with conducting appropriate hearings, and submitting recommendations to the Board of Trustees on petitions involving the following matters:

  • Subdivision, including re-subdivision and consolidation
  • Special Uses
  • Planned Unit Development
  • Rezoning
  • Land Use Variations
  • Amendments to the Zoning Regulations (Chapter 28 of the Arlington Heights Municipal Code)
  • Such other matters as may be referred to the Commission by the President and Board of Trustees.

In applications for Planned Unit Development, Subdivisions, Special Use Permits, Rezoning and Land Use Variations, the Plan Commission may recommend and the Village Board of Trustees may authorize variations from the Zoning Regulations as may be required within the boundaries of such development without referring the matter to the Zoning Board of Appeals. For more information about the Plan Commission review process, view the application in our Document Center.

Sub-Committees
The Plan Commission may create subcommittees and adopt policies and procedures deemed advisable to fulfill its power, duties, and responsibilities. All such policies and procedures shall be recorded and transmitted to the Village Board. The three primary sub-committees of the Plan Commission include:

  • Comprehensive Plan Subcommittee
    Reviews and forwards recommendations to the Plan Commission on matters pertaining to the Comprehensive Plan and Official Map. The Comprehensive Plan is a description of long-range public policy affecting community character, economic well-being, cultural and social amenities, ease and convenience of circulation in the Village, and orderly development of various land uses, and serves as a policy guide in all decisions related to community growth. The Official Map identifies the location of present and future public service facilities and improvements, thoroughfare system improvements, park and school sites and land for other public purposes.
  • Ordinance Review Committee
    Reviews and forwards recommendations to the Plan Commission on matters pertaining to Chapter 28, Zoning Regulations, and Chapter 29 (Subdivision Regulations) text amendments.
  • Plat and Subdivision Committee
    Reviews and forwards recommendations to the Plan Commission on matters pertaining to current and long range planning and individual petitions for a PUD, a rezoning, a special use, a land use variation, an amendment to the comprehensive plan, a plat of subdivision, and such other matters as may be referred to the Plan Commission by the Village Board.

Meetings and Quorum
Regular meetings of the Plan Commission are held at the call of the chair, which has typically been the second and fourth Wednesday of the every month at 7:30 p.m. in the Board Room, located on the 3rd floor of Village Hall. Five members constitute a quorum.


Police Pension Board

Intent and Purpose
To comply with Statutes pertaining to control and management of the Police Pension Fund.

Members
The Police Pension Fund Board consists of five members comprised of two members appointed by the Village President with consent of the Village Board; two members elected among the regular police force by active members thereof; and one member elected by and from the beneficiaries of the fund. The election of the members is held biannually on third Monday of April. Members of the Police Pension Fund Board are:

  • Harry Malone
  • Gary McClung
  • Petar Milutinovic 
  • Thomas Henderson
  • Mike Schenkel

The Administrative Liaison for the Police Pension Fund Board is Thomas F. Kuehne, Director of Finance, at 847.368.5500.

Meetings and Quorum
Regular meetings of the Board of Trustees of the Police Pension Fund are on call.


Senior Citizens Commission

Intent and Purpose
To promote the needs and concerns of the senior citizens of the Village and to cooperate with the Village Government and all other governmental agencies in the promotion of the causes of senior citizens.

Members
The Senior Citizens Commission consists of ten members, residents of the Village, appointed by the Village President with consent of the Village Board for three-year terms. Members of the Senior Citizens Commission are:

  • Sharon Foss, Chair
  • Sharon Adams
  • Frederick Feldman
  • Dottie Hardy
  • George Motto
  • Maureen Seleski
  • George Weber
  • Tem Williams
  • Kristyn Ramsey 

The Administrative Liaison for the Senior Citizens Commission is Karen Hansen, Senior Center Manager, 847.253.5532.

Meetings and Quorum
Regular Meetings are held on the 3rd Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. Six members constitute a quorum.


Special Events Commission

Intent and Purpose
To promote, organize and implement special events of civic, patriotic, educational and cultural nature in the Village.

Events
Annually, the Special Events Commission hosts wonderful community events including the Hearts of Gold Awards Dinner in February, the Spring Sweep on the last Saturday of April, the Mane Event in mid August, the Autumn Harvest on the first Saturday of October and the Tree Lighting on the Friday after Thanksgiving.

  • Hearts of Gold
    The Commission requests the public to nominate someone who works, volunteers or lives in our community and is worthy of a "Heart of Gold." Award winners are outstanding volunteers, dedicated teachers or business people, a friendly neighbor who does kind deeds for others, a young teen who has already accomplished great things, a senior citizen who dedicates their time to an organization or to others, etc.
  • Spring Sweep
    This even includes document shredding and electronic recycling at the Nokia site on the north end of town, near Dundee and Hwy. 53.
  • Mane Event
    The Mane Event is a block party kick-off for the Million Week at Arlington International Racecourse. The event includes food, entertainment, kids' games, etc. all held in the Downtown.
  • Autumn Harvest
    This family fun event held in North School Park celebrates fall activities like scarecrow building, hayrides, music, food and kids' entertainment.
  • Tree Lighting
    Families, visitors and neighbors gather for this Thanksgiving holiday treat to enjoy the magic countdown and flip of the switch that lights up all holiday displays in North School Park and one of the largest holiday trees in the area! Held the Friday after Thanksgiving.

Members
The Special Events Commission consists of twelve members, residents of the Village, appointed by the Village President with consent of the Village Board for four-year terms. Members of the Special Events Commission are:

  • Joseph Musolino, Chair
  • Steven Fromm
  • Kevin Seifert
  • Scott Rowader
  • Christopher Fahnoe
  • Michael Prost
  • Colleen Engle
  • Katie Waszak
  • Joseph Skibbie
  • Laurie Mitchell
  • Nancy O'Donnell
  • Diane Jamieson

The Administrative Liaison for the Special Events Commission is Nancy Kluz, Community Relations Coordinator, 847.368.5104.

Meetings and Quorum
Regular meetings of the Special Events Commission are held on the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m.  Seven members constitute a quorum.


Youth Commission

Intent and Purpose
To provide recommendations to the Village Board on matters pertaining to the welfare of the youth of the Village and to promote youth programs.

Members
The Youth Commission consists of 13 members, six adult members and seven youth members appointed by the Village President with consent of the Village Board for three-year terms with high school students serving one-year. Members are to include a staff member from District 214 or District 25, a Park District representative, and a representative of the Police Department. The adult members shall be residents or employed within the Village in a professional capacity relating to youth work. Members of the Youth Commission are:

  • Tom Spicer, Chair
  • Officer Pete Hamrick
  • Chyrel Moore
  • Kim Dyer
  • Matt Healy
  • John Robinson
  • Derek Prusener, Youth Member
  • Grace Kho, Youth Member
  • Amalia Sordo-Palacios, Youth Member
  • Claudia Glasgow, Youth Member
  • Scott Mahon, Youth Member
  • Brandon Lawrence, Youth Member
  • Charlie Goldberg, Youth Member

The Administrative Liaison for the Youth Commission is James McCalister, 847-368-5760.

Meetings and Quorum
Regular meetings of the Youth Commission are held the 3rd Thursday of each month at 6:00 p.m.  Seven members constitute a quorum.


Zoning Board of Appeals

Intent and Purpose
To provide for an appointive, fact-finding body which shall, after due deliberation and public hearing, make final decisions on specified administrative matters related to zoning.

Members
The Zoning Board of Appeals consists of seven members, all residents of the Village, appointed by the Village President with the advice and consent of the Board of Trustees. The current members of the Zoning Board of Appeals are:

  • David Divito, Chair
  • Thomas Drake
  • Joseph Geisel
  • Benjamin Jaffe
  • Tom Schwingbeck
  • Joseph Selbka
  • Peter Siavelis

The Administrative contact for the Zoning Board of Appeals is Derek Mach at 847.368.5232.

Variations
The Zoning Board of Appeals is the body that reviews variation requests from Chapter 28 (Zoning Regulations) of the Arlington Heights Municipal Code if the project does not require review by the Plan Commission. The typical variation review process lasts approximately 30 days. In that time, Staff reviews the application package for completeness and the proposal to ensure the Zoning Regulations are being interpreted properly, legal notice is completed, and a hearing is held.

The Zoning Board of Appeals reviews variations whenever a property owner can show that a strict application of the terms of the Zoning Regulations relating to the construction or alteration of building or structures will impose upon the owner unusual practical difficulties or particular hardship. Such variation of the strict application of the terms of the Zoning Regulations can only be granted only when the Board is satisfied that a granting of such variation will not merely serve as a convenience to the applicant, but will alleviate some demonstrable and unusual hardship or difficulty so great as to warrant a variation from the Comprehensive Plan, and at the same time the surrounding property will be properly protected.

In its consideration of the standards of practical difficulties or particular hardship, the Zoning Board of Appeals shall require evidence that:

  • The property in question cannot yield a reasonable return if permitted to be used only under the conditions allowed by the regulations in that zone
  • The plight of the owner is due to unique circumstances
  • The variation, if granted, will not alter the essential character of the locality

A variation shall be permitted only if the evidence, in the judgment of the Zoning Board of Appeals, sustains each of the three conditions enumerated.

Limitation on Requests for Variations 
No request for a variation shall be considered by the Zoning Board of Appeals for property which has been the subject matter of a previous request for a variation for a period of one year after the Zoning Board of Appeals has made a determination or recommendation for a variation on the same property.

Approvals

If a requested variation is approved by the Zoning Board of Appeals, it shall be valid for only one year, unless a building permit for the construction or alteration is obtained, or in certain circumstances the use is established, within that year and the construction or alteration is started and proceeds to completion in accordance with the terms of such permit.

Meetings and Quorum
Regular meetings of the Zoning Board of Appeals are held at the call of the chair, which has typically been the second Monday of the every month at 7:00 p.m. in the Buechner Room, located on the 1st floor of Village Hall. Four members constitute a quorum. The concurring vote of four members of the Zoning Board is necessary to decide in favor of the applicant in any matter upon which it is required to pass or to effect any variation.