What is the Lexington-Fayette Board of Adjustment?
The Board of Adjustment is a body established under state law to perform a number of decision-making activities associated with land use regulation. Like the Planning Commission, Board members are local citizens - appointed by the Mayor subject to approval by the Urban County Council - and are not professional planners.
The seven members of the Board of Adjustment serve without compensation of any kind. They typically give four to eight hours per month of their time to attend hearings and review case reports.
Board members come from varied backgrounds and different neighborhoods in the community. Members serve staggered terms of four years in length, and may only serve three consecutive terms (twelve years) without leaving the Board for at least one year.
The primary duties of the Board of Adjustment are:
- Hear property owner appeals regarding variances to requirements of the Zoning Ordinance. For example, most zoning categories have a "setback" requirement from the street and side and rear yard lines. If a property owner residing in a zone that required a six-foot side yard setback wanted to make a house addition that extended to four feet, they would need Board approval to do so.
- Hear cases involving request by property owners to have specified conditional uses permitted on their property. Every zoning category has a list of conditional uses that can only be allowed if approved by the Board. An example of this type of case would be churches in areas zoned residential. Before a church can locate (or expand) in a residential zoning district, they would need to apply for a conditional use permit from the Board.
- Hear administrative appeals from zoning enforcement decisions made by the Division of Building Inspection. In addition to building code compliance, the Division of Building Inspection is the enforcement agency for requirements of the Zoning Ordinance. this also includes interpretation of hte zoning laws. Any party who feels that an enforcement or interpretation action was incorrect may appeal that decision to the Board for final determination.
If you wish to contact a member of the Board of Adjustment, please call the Division of Planning at 258-3160, or send mail to:
LFUCG Division of Planning
200 East Main Street
Lexington, KY 40507
Board of Adjustment meetings are televised live on GTV3. Please click here to view the City Calendar for dates and times of upcoming meetings.
|Griggs, James ***
|Meyer, Janice **
|Moore, Kathryn *
*First Term ** Second Term *** Third Term
Board of Adjustment Officers
Kathryn Moore - Vice-Chair
Jim Griggs - Parliamentarian