Board of Zoning Appeals
The establishment of the Board of Zoning Appeals is best described in Chapter 13 of the Zoning Resolution:
“In order that the objectives of this Resolution may be more fully and equitably achieved, that there shall be provided a means for competent interpretation of this Resolution, that adequate but controlled flexibility be provided in the application of this Resolution, that health, safety, and welfare of the public is secured, and that justice is dispensed, there is hereby established a Township Board of Zoning Appeals in accordance with Chapter 519 of the Revised Code of the State of Ohio as amended. The Board of Zoning Appeals shall perform its duties and exercise its powers as provided by Chapter 13 of the Zoning Resolution.
The BZA is a quasi-judicial body that hears appeals from administrative decisions and reviews and authorizes requests for variances and conditional use permits. The BZA also may revoke an authorized variance or conditional use certificate for the extraction of minerals, if any of the conditions of the variance or certificate has been violated. In addition, if the zoning resolution regulates surface mining as a conditional use under R.C. §519.141, the BZA will hear such requests.
Meetings of the Board of Zoning Appeals are conducted in the Lafayette Township Safety Services Building. 6367 Technology Ln, Medina, OH 44256 when scheduled. The meetings are generally held at 7:00 p.m.
Every public hearing is advertised in the legal notice section of the newspaper ten (10) days before the hearing date as defined by law and notices are sent to adjoining property owners.
Members of the Board of Zoning Appeals are appointed for five-year terms by the Board of Township Trustees. Alternate members of the Board are appointed for three year terms.
The BZA holds Public Hearings on the following applications:
- Change in Non-Conforming Use
- Extension of Non-Conforming use
- Administrative Appeals
When practical difficulties, unnecessary hardship or results inconsistent with the general purpose of the Zoning Ordinance result through the strict and literal interpretation and enforcement of the provisions thereof, the Board has the authority, subject to the provisions of this chapter, to grant upon such conditions as it may determine, such variances from the provisions of the Zoning Ordinance as may be in harmony with its general purpose and intent, so that the spirit of the Zoning Ordinance shall be observed, public safety, health and welfare secured and substantial justice done.
The Board may grant a variance as applied for or a variance constituting a modification thereof. In granting a variance, the Board may attach thereto such conditions relating to the location of the proposed structure or use, or the duration of the variance as it may deem necessary in order to further the purposes of the Zoning Ordinance. The Board may require such evidence and guarantee or bond as it may deem necessary to insure that all such conditions so attached are being and will be complied with.
Findings Needed to Grant a Variance
When granting a variance, the Board must find that:
- The strict application of the provisions of the Zoning Code would result in practical difficulties or unnecessary hardship inconsistent with the general purpose and intent of the Zoning Code.
- There are exceptional or extraordinary circumstances or conditions applying to the property involved or the intended use or development o the property that does not apply generally to other properties or uses in the same zoning district.
- The granting of such variance will not be of substantial detriment to the public interest or to adjacent property or improvements in such district in which the variance is sought, and will not materially impair the purpose of the Zoning Ordinance.
In accordance with the State of Ohio Sunshine Law, all meetings of the Board of Zoning Appeals are open to the public.
The current Board of Zoning Appeals members are as follows: