If you are interested in serving on any of the following, please complete this application and return to the Town.
- The Town currently has one vacancy on the Board of Zoning Appeals. This position is to fill the unexpired term ending January 31, 2018. Pursuant to VA § 15.2-2309. The following are the power and duties of a Board of Zoning Appeals: (1)To hear and decide appeals from any order, requirement, decision or determination made by an administrative officer in the administration or enforcement of this article or of any ordinance adopted pursuant thereto. The decision on such appeal shall be based on the board's judgment of whether the administrative officer was correct. The board shall consider the purpose and intent of any applicable ordinances, laws and regulations in making its decision; and (2) To authorize upon appeal or original application in specific cases such variance as defined in § 15.2-2201 from the terms of the ordinance as will not be contrary to the public interest, when, owing to special conditions a literal enforcement of the provisions will result in unnecessary hardship; provided that the spirit of the ordinance shall be observed and substantial justice done, as follows: When a property owner can show that his property was acquired in good faith and where by reason of the exceptional narrowness, shallowness, size or shape of a specific piece of property at the time of the effective date of the ordinance, or where by reason of exceptional topographic conditions or other extraordinary situation or condition of the piece of property, or of the condition, situation, or development of property immediately adjacent thereto, the strict application of the terms of the ordinance would effectively prohibit or unreasonably restrict the utilization of the property or where the board is satisfied, upon the evidence heard by it, that the granting of the variance will alleviate a clearly demonstrable hardship, as distinguished from a special privilege or convenience sought by the applicant, provided that all variances shall be in harmony with the intended spirit and purpose of the ordinance. No such variance shall be authorized by the board unless it finds: a. That the strict application of the ordinance would produce undue hardship relating to the property; b. That the hardship is not shared generally by other properties in the same zoning district and the same vicinity; and c. That the authorization of the variance will not be of substantial detriment to adjacent property and that the character of the district will not be changed by the granting of the variance.
- The Architectural Review Board (ARB) currently has two vacancies, one term ending June 30, 2020 and one term is slotted for a professional liaison such as an architect or land planner. ARB members are appointed by the Town Council and serve for a period of four years. The ARB meets the third Wednesday of each month at 7:00 PM at the Town Hall, 15000 Washington Street, Suite 100. The purpose of the ARB to promote the general welfare, through the preservation and protection of historic places and areas of historic interest, all buildings within the Old and Historic Town of Haymarket which are 50 years old or older are designated historic buildings. No historic building may be demolished, in whole or in part, nor may any architectural features of such buildings which are subject to public view from a public street be altered without prior application to the architectural review board. No building, structure or sign shall be erected, reconstructed, altered or restored within the Old and Historic Town of Haymarket, unless and until an application for a certificate of appropriateness shall have been approved by the board or, on appeal, by the Town Council after consultation with the board. Review of such application by the board will include analysis of external architectural features which are subject to public view from a public street, way or place, in light of their architectural compatibility with the historic buildings in the district. If you are interested in serving on this board, please contact Shelley Kozlowski, the Town's Clerk of Council.
(§15.2-2210. Creation of local planning commissions; participation in planning district commissions or joint local commissions. Every locality shall by resolution or ordinance create a local planning commission in order to promote the orderly development of the locality and its environs. In accomplishing the objectives of § 15.2-2200 the local planning commissions shall serve primarily in an advisory capacity to the governing bodies.)