Board of Zoning Appeals
Kent City Board of Zoning Appeals
930 Overholt Drive
Kent, OH 44240
The City of Kent's Board of Zoning Appeals is organized in accordance with Chapter 1115 of the Kent
City Zoning Code. The Board of Zoning Appeals consists of five (5)
members appointed by City Council. All appointments are for three
years, and all appointees must be residents of the City of Kent.
The Board of Zoning Appeals serves without compensation.
The Board of Zoning Appeals hears and determines all appeals from any
decision or action of the Zoning Inspector in the administration or
enforcement of the Zoning Ordinance. The Board of Zoning Appeals hears
and determine all appeals from the refusal of the Zoning Inspector or
Planning Commission to issue zoning certificates or conditional zoning
certificates. The Board may decide appeals by reversing or affirming,
wholly or in part, or by modifying such decision, action or refusal.
When practical difficulties, unnecessary hardship or results
inconsistent with the general purpose of the Zoning Ordinance result
through the strict and literal interpretation and enforcement of the
provisions thereof, the Board has the authority, subject to the
provisions of this chapter, to grant upon such conditions as it may
determine, such variances from the provisions of the Zoning Ordinance as
may be in harmony with its general purpose and intent, so that the
spirit of the Zoning Ordinance shall be observed, public safety, health
and welfare secured and substantial justice done. The Board may grant a
variance as applied for or a variance constituting a modification
thereof. In granting a variance, the Board may attach thereto such
conditions relating to the location of the proposed structure or use, or
the duration of the variance as it may deem necessary in order to
further the purposes of the Zoning Ordinance. The Board may require such
evidence and guarantee or bond as it may deem necessary to insure that
all such conditions so attached are being and will be complied with.
When granting a variance, the Board must find that:
1) The strict application of the provisions of the Zoning
Code would result in practical difficulties or unnecessary hardship
inconsistent with the general purpose and intent of the Zoning Code.
2) There are exceptional or extraordinary circumstances or
conditions applying to the property involved or the intended use or
development o the property that does not apply generally to other
properties or uses in the same zoning district.
3) The granting of such variance will not be of substantial
detriment to the public interest or to adjacent property or improvements
in such district in which the variance is sought, and will not
materially impair the purpose of the Zoning Ordinance.
The Board of Zoning Appeals meets on the third Monday of each month.
If the third Monday is a legal holiday, the meeting will be rescheduled
to the fourth Monday of that month. In accordance with the State
of Ohio Sunshine Law, all meetings of the Board of Zoning Appeals are
open to the public.