The Board of Zoning Adjustment is authorized to grant variations to the Unified Development Ordinance where a genuine and unique hardship would result if the Unified Development Ordinance were to be applied literally or strictly.

Current Powers
The Board of Zoning Adjustment has the following powers:
  • The board shall hear and decide appeals where it is alleged there is error of law in any order, requirement, decision, or determination made by an administrative official in the enforcement of the Unified Development Ordinance.
  • The board shall hear and decide all matters referred to it on which it is required to determine under the Unified Development Ordinance.
  • The board may, where, by reason of exceptional narrowness, shallowness, shape, topography, or other extraordinary or exceptional situation or condition of a specific piece of property, the strict application of any regulation contained herein would result in peculiar and exceptional difficulties to, or exceptional and demonstrable undue hardship on the owner of such property as an unreasonable deprivation of use as distinguished from the mere granting of a privilege, authorize, upon an appeal relating to such property, a variance from such strict application so as to relieve such demonstrable difficulties or hardships, provided such relief as can be granted without substantially impairing the intent, purpose, and integrity of the regulations as embodied in the Unified Development Ordinance and maps.
  • The board shall determine the existence of nonconforming uses when appealed from the decision of the Director of Planning and Zoning, as set forth in the Unified Development Ordinance Sections 405.540 et seq.
  • The board may not hear appeals regarding Chapter 410, Subdivision Regulations of the Unified Development Ordinance.