The City of Middletown necessarily maintains an extensive zoning code in order to effectively manage the development of the city and to fully utilize the city’s resources for the residents. Residents are well served by zoning that addresses the needs of the community as well as helps to facilitate economic development. However, the zoning code as written cannot fully address every situation that may come up during times of robust expansion. The Board of Zoning Appeals addresses the needs of the community that may require variance from the written code.
The Board of Zoning Appeals was established by Codified Ordinance. The Ordinance States the Board of Zoning Appeals shall be composed of seven members as follows: one member of City Planning Commission, one an attorney, one a registered architect or builder, and one person engaged in the real estate business. The term shall be for five years, except the City Planning Commissioner’s term shall expire at the same time as his City Planning Commission term.
The Board of Zoning Appeals has the power to adopt rules and regulations for its own government, consistent with law and with provisions of the Zoning Ordinance and any other ordinance of the City. Board meetings shall be held at the call of the Chairperson and at such other times as the board may determine. During meetings, the Board serves as administrative appeal board to hear from all parties concerned with the zoning and development of particular areas, then study and interpret the appropriate zoning code to make decisions required for requested variances. The ability to balance the written code and greater needs of the community with the development of the City Resources is key.
The Board of Zoning Appeals meets on the first Wednesday of the month at 5:30pm in the City Council Chambers.