Board of Adjustment

The Board of Adjustment hears and decides appeals where it is alleged there is error in any order, requirement, decision, or determination made by an administrative official in the enforcement of applicable City zoning ordinances. The Board also has the power to hear and decide special exceptions to zoning ordinances under its jurisdiction. Upon appeal in special cases, the board can authorize such variances from the terms of the zoning ordinance as will not be contrary to the public interest, where, owing to special conditions, the literal enforcement of the provisions of the zoning ordinance will result in unnecessary hardship, so that the spirit of the zoning ordinance shall be observed and substantial justice done. The Board also holds public hearings on such variances. The Board hears and decides appeals that allege error in an order, require­ment, deci­sion, or deter­mi­na­tion made by an admin­is­tra­tive order (city staff) in the enforce­ment of the zon­ing ordi­nance. The Board also hears and decides spe­cial excep­tions to the terms of a zon­ing ordi­nance and may autho­rize a vari­ance from those terms if the vari­ance is not con­trary to pub­lic inter­est and, due to spe­cial con­di­tions, enforce­ment of the ordi­nance would result in unnec­es­sary hard­ship, and so that the ordi­nance is observed and sub­stan­tive jus­tice is done. The Board hears all zon­ing uses per­mit­ted on review. The City Planner serves as an advisor to the Board.

The fol­low­ing indi­vid­u­als were appointed or re-appointed to the city’s board of adjust­ment by the city coun­cil to serve a three year term. These are cit­i­zens who take an avid inter­est and pride in Blanchard, who get involved by giv­ing unselfishly through vol­un­teer­ing their time and energy in order to make Blanchard “a great place to live, work and play.”

Board Members

Name Title
Melissa Elden Chair
Donna Stokes Vice-Chair
Jeff Tyler Member
Tim Harnois Member
Ben Whitt Member