The Board of Adjustment (BOA) is a quasi-judicial board comprised of citizen members appointed by the City Council in accordance with General Statutes 160A-388. The Board of Adjustment is tasked with hearing variance requests and appeals of land development decisions by administrative officials. View the city code, section 10-26.
Agendas & Minutes
Agendas are posted at least 48 hours prior to each meeting. Minutes are available following approval.
The BOA meets on an as-needed basis, when an application or appeal has been submitted. Meetings are held immediately following the next regularly scheduled meeting of the Planning Board in the City/County Chambers, 905 West Ave NW, Lenoir, NC 28645. Meetings are open to the public.
The BOA consists of six regular members and two alternate members. Five regular members must be citizens of the City of Lenoir, appointed by the Mayor, and approved by the City Council. One regular member must be a citizen of the City of Lenoir's extra-territorial planning jurisdiction (ETJ), nominated by the Mayor and City Council, and approved by the Caldwell County Board of Commissioners.
Members server staggered three-year terms. Terms run from July 1 to June 30.
Sharon Bryant, ETJ, Chair
Dr. Leah Hamilton, Vice-Chair
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 statute. 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
The requested variance meets the intent of the ordinances, upholds public safety, and achieves substantial justice