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Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting
November 21, 2012
245 Washington St Watertown, NY 13601
3rd floor Council Chambers
7 - 8 PM, 3rd Wednesday monthly
The City of Watertown Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) is a quasi-judicial 5-member citizen board appointed by the City Manager to 5-year staggered terms. New YorkState regulations require communities to have a Zoning Board of Appeals to review the following types of requests for waivers from any of the regulations in the zoning ordinance:
Use Variances: the ZBA reviews requests for relief from existing regulation for changes in density and uses not permitted by current zoning
Area Variances: the ZBA reviews requests for dimensional relief from existing regulation relating to building setbacks, building heights, allowed signage, etc.
Interpretations: the ZBA reviews requests for interpretation of the regulations in the zoning ordinance made by the City's Code Enforcement Officer.
ZBA’s are established as an appellant board that can review the applications of a person who has applied to the Code Enforcement Officer for a building permit and such permit was denied.An “aggrieved” citizen can also appeal the decision of the Code Enforcement Officer where a permit was granted.
In both cases, the ZBA is the first level of appeal from the decision of the Code Enforcement Officer.The applicant must file its Notice to Appeal with the ZBA within 60 days after the code enforcement officer has filed his decision or action.
In the case of a variance, the ZBA’s decision will be based upon the standards of proof contained in Section 81-b of the GeneralCity law.For interpretations the ZBA will base its decision on the City’s zoning ordinance.The applicant must provide proof of their case to the ZBA to receive a variance or a favorable interpretation.