About the Board of Zoning Adjustment
The Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA) is an appointed board which reviews zoning variance requests. Board members must be residents of the Town of Nederland and serve for a 5-year term. The term of an alternate is 2 years.
Zoning variance requests must be submitted to the Zoning Administrator, who will then transmit the application and any necessary paperwork to the board, which will then be added to the schedule for the next BZA meeting.
The Board of Zoning Adjustments meets as needed on the second Thursday of each quarter (January, April, July, October). A list of upcoming BZA meetings can be found in the calendar below. To join a meeting, simply click the date of the meeting you wish to join, and then click the Website link to join the meeting remotely. You can also call in by using the phone number.
Board of Zoning Adjustment Members
The BZA is currently looking for new members! We will have two open seats and two alternate seats that need to be filled in June, and are looking for residents passionate about zoning in town! Learn more about how to apply here:
Meeting Agendas, Minutes, and Recordings
All current and past BZA agendas and minutes can be found on the Town of Nederland CivicWeb page. To access the BZA page, click the button below. Past BZA meetings can be found on the Town of Nederland YouTube page. *NOTE* Not all BZA meetings are recorded.
Nederland Municipal Code Section 16:232, describes the Board of Zoning Adjustment:
The Board shall hear and decide applications for variances where there are practical difficulties or unnecessary hardships in the way of carrying out the strict letter of this Chapter [Chapter 16, Municipal Code]. The Board has the power to vary or modify the application of the regulations or provisions of this Chapter relating to the use, construction or alteration of buildings or structures, or the use of land, so that the spirit of this Chapter is observed, public safety and welfare secured and substantial justice done, provided that the Board finds that all of the following criteria have been satisfied:
- That there are unique physical circumstances or conditions, such as irregularity, narrowness, shallowness or size of the lot, or exceptional topographical or other physical conditions peculiar to the affected property;
- That, because of such physical circumstances or conditions, the property cannot reasonably be developed in conformity with the provisions of this Chapter;
- That such unnecessary hardship has not been created by the applicant;
- That the variance, if granted, will not alter the essential character of the neighborhood or district in which the property is located nor substantially or permanently impair the appropriate use or development of adjacent property; and
- That the variance, if granted, is the minimum variance that will afford relief and is the least modification possible of this Chapter’s provisions which are in question.