Thomas Township

Basic Responsibilities of the Zoning Board of Appeals – Roles, Responsibilities and Guidelines

How an Appeal Reaches the Zoning Board of Appeals

There are a number of steps that take place prior to a case being presented to the Zoning Board of Appeals.   Typically, the first contact with a potential applicant is made by the applicant contacting the staff of the Community Development Department.  These informal meetings or inquiries often provide useful background in developing the Appeal and help residents, developers and business owners determine if there is a hardship or practical difficulty.

  • Applicant contacts the Township to file and appeals.
  • Applicant completes application and submits to the Township
  • Staff coordinates application process, performs review and schedules public hearing and/or meeting as required including any public notices.

 What the Zoning Board of Appeals Does

There are basically three types of cases which the Zoning Board of Appeals will hear:

1.     An Appeal of an Administrative Decision.  This type of case occurs when a citizen appeals a decision made by the zoning administrator, other review body or other official under the guidelines of the Township’s ordinance.

2.     A Request for an Interpretation.  This type of case occurs when a citizen or public official requests an interpretation of the zoning ordinance in terms of a specific use, classification or zoning boundary.

3.     A Variance.  Townships are specifically authorized to grant dimensional variances, which are requests for relief from the typical enforcement and administration of the ordinance due to specific and varied circumstances.

Thomas Township General/Zoning Ordinances

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Community Calendar

December 2018
SundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday
November 25, 2018November 26, 2018November 27, 2018

Category: Board of AppealsDDA Meeting

DDA Meeting

Category: Community EventsZoning Board of Appeals (if needed)

Zoning Board of Appeals (if needed)
November 28, 2018November 29, 2018November 30, 2018

Category: Community EventsYard Waste Collection Ends

Yard Waste Collection Ends
December 1, 2018
December 2, 2018December 3, 2018December 4, 2018

Category: Community EventsCoffee With A Cop (McDonald's Restaurant 8am-9am)

Coffee With A Cop (McDonald's Restaurant 8am-9am)
December 5, 2018December 6, 2018December 7, 2018December 8, 2018
December 9, 2018December 10, 2018December 11, 2018

Category: Community EventsZoning Board of Appeals (if needed)

Zoning Board of Appeals (if needed)
December 12, 2018December 13, 2018December 14, 2018December 15, 2018
December 16, 2018December 17, 2018December 18, 2018December 19, 2018

Category: Community EventsPlanning Commission Meeting

Planning Commission Meeting
December 20, 2018December 21, 2018December 22, 2018
December 23, 2018December 24, 2018

Category: Community EventsOffices Closed

Offices Closed
December 25, 2018

Category: Community EventsOffices Closed

Offices Closed

Category: Community EventsZoning Board of Appeals (if needed)

Zoning Board of Appeals (if needed)
December 26, 2018December 27, 2018December 28, 2018December 29, 2018
December 30, 2018December 31, 2018January 1, 2019January 2, 2019January 3, 2019January 4, 2019January 5, 2019

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