WOODSTOCK – For the first time in more than 18 months, the county’s Board of Zoning Appeals met on Wednesday evening.
The meeting was brief with no other business on the agenda other than electing positions on the board, approving future meeting dates and discussing a 2017 update to the county code, which inadvertently resulted in a decrease in the board’s meetings.
In August 2017, the county amended its code to allow the zoning administrator to make unilateral decisions on modification and variance requests. With the bulk of the duties previously handled by the Board of Zoning Appeals handed to a single officer, the necessity of regular meetings was diminished.
The board does have to meet at least once a year to remain an established body and must remain in place to give residents a body to petition in case they are unhappy with a decision made by the zoning administrator.
Wednesday’s meeting cemented the board in place and provided an opportunity to re-elect board Chairman Edwin Tamkin and Vice Chairman Robert Fadely Jr. to their positions.
The County Board of Supervisors submits nominations to the Circuit Court, which appoints members to five-year terms. There is no term limit for Board of Zoning Appeals members.
Fadely was the only member of the board not present on Wednesday.
Members approved a meeting schedule that sets their regular meeting on the third Tuesday of each month if a meeting is required. The next organizational meeting for the board will be on Jan. 15.