The Board of Adjustment is a quasi-judicial board comprised of citizen members appointed by the City Council in accordance with G.S. 160A-388. The Board of Adjustment is tasked with hearing variance requests and appeals of land development decisions by administrative officials.
In order to grant a requested variance, a 5/6 majority of the Board must find that the requested variance satisfies four related standards established by state statutes -- competent, material, and substantial evidence in the record must support findings that:
- The ordinance creates an unnecessary hardship
- The hardship is peculiar to the property
- The hardship is not self-created, and
- The requested variance meets the intent of the ordinances, upholds public safety, and achieves substantial justice.
The Board of Adjustment meets on an as-needed basis, when an application or appeal has been submitted. Board of Adjustment meetings are held immediately following the regularly scheduled meeting of the Planning Board, usually on the fourth Monday of each month (Planning Board Schedule) at 5:30 p.m.
Board of Adjustment Members
Sharon Bryant, Chair
Richard Hedrick, Vice-Chair
Merlin Perry, Alternate
Tim Scobie, Alternate