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Zoning Board of Adjustment

2016 Submittal Schedule
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Current Agenda
Current Work Session Agenda and Minutes 

Mission Statement

The Zoning Board of Adjustment shall exercise its statutory authority as granted by the General Statutes of North Carolina and by the Town of Cary Code of Ordinances and Land Development Ordinance (LDO), in an objective and timely manner to hear and decide appeals and requests for variances. 


Life Span Statement

The Zoning Board of Adjustment is a standing board that meets only as needed, based on whether any zoning appeals come before the board. Board members will re-examine the board’s purpose every three years beginning in 2013.

Powers and Duties
The Zoning Board of Adjustment hears and decides appeals where it is alleged that there is an error in any order, requirement, permit, decision, determination or refusal made by the planning inspector or other administrative officials in the carrying out or enforcement of any provisions of the zoning ordinance. Additionally, the Zoning Board of Adjustment hears requests for variances from the provisions of the LDO. Zoning Board of Adjustment hearings are typically quasi-judicial hearings as required by law. For more information on quasi-judicial hearings, please see Policy Statement 167.

The Zoning Board of Adjustment consists of five members, one of whom the Town Council designates as Chairperson. Four members, plus two alternates, are appointed from within Cary's corporate limits, and one member is appointed from its extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ).  For additional information, please see the Board of Adjustment Submittal Schedule and download an Appeal Application or a Variance Application.  All appointments to the board are for three-year terms, except where unexpired terms are being filled.

Current Goals/Work Plan

View the board's goals/work plan for the current year. 

The board meets on an as-needed basis on the first Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. During months where meetings are required, members will meet approximately 2 hours and spend approximately 1 hour or more studying materials and making site visits prior to the meetings.

All meetings of the board are open to the public. The board holds quasi-judicial public hearings. More information on this board can be found in its annual report or the rules of order. Visit the Town's Web
 calendar to confirm meeting dates, times and locations. (Meetings are held "as necessary" and based on case load.)

Electronic Participation in Meetings
At Town of Cary, we're happy to offer an option to allow you to electronically participate in some meetings of our appointed boards and commissions:
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Board Cases
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Debra Grannan
Senior Planner
Planning Department
(919) 460-4980