Intent and Purpose
To provide for an appointive, fact-finding body which shall, after due deliberation and public hearing, make final decisions on specified administrative matters related to zoning.Members
The Zoning Board of Appeals consists of seven members, all residents of the Village, appointed by the Village President with the advice and consent of the Board of Trustees. The current members of the Zoning Board of Appeals are:
- Peter Siavelis, Chair
- Thomas Drake
- Benjamin Jaffe
- Joseph Selbka
- Jeff Lanaghan
- Frank Portera
The Administrative contact for the Zoning Board of Appeals is the Landscape Planner of Planning & Community Development Department, 847.368.5200.Variations
The Zoning Board of Appeals is the body that reviews variation requests from Chapter 28 (Zoning Regulations) of the Arlington Heights Municipal Code if the project does not require review by the Plan Commission. The typical variation review process lasts approximately 30 days. In that time, Staff reviews the application package
for completeness and the proposal to ensure the Zoning Regulations are being interpreted properly, legal notice is completed, and a hearing is held.
The Zoning Board of Appeals reviews variations whenever a property owner can show that a strict application of the terms of the Zoning Regulations relating to the construction or alteration of building or structures will impose upon the owner unusual practical difficulties or particular hardship. Such variation of the strict application of the terms of the Zoning Regulations can only be granted only when the Board is satisfied that a granting of such variation will not merely serve as a convenience to the applicant, but will alleviate some demonstrable and unusual hardship or difficulty so great as to warrant a variation from the Comprehensive Plan, and at the same time the surrounding property will be properly protected.
In its consideration of the standards of practical difficulties or particular hardship, the Zoning Board of Appeals shall require evidence that:
- That the proposed use will not alter the essential character of the locality and will be compatible with existing uses and zoning of nearby property if the variation(s) were granted.
- That the plight of the owner is due to unique circumstances, which may include the length of time the subject property has been vacant as zoned.
- That the proposed variation is in harmony with the spirit and intent of this Chapter.
- That the variance requested is the minimum variance necessary to allow reasonable use of the property.
A variation shall be permitted only if the evidence, in the judgment of the Zoning Board of Appeals, sustains each of the three conditions enumerated.Limitation on Requests for Variations
No request for a variation shall be considered by the Zoning Board of Appeals for property which has been the subject matter of a previous request for a variation for a period of one year after the Zoning Board of Appeals has made a determination or recommendation for a variation on the same property.Approvals
If a requested variation is approved by the Zoning Board of Appeals, it shall be valid for only one year, unless a building permit for the construction or alteration is obtained, or in certain circumstances the use is established, within that year and the construction or alteration is started and proceeds to completion in accordance with the terms of such permit.Meetings and Quorum
Regular meetings of the Zoning Board of Appeals are held at the call of the chair, which has typically been the second Monday of the every month at 7:00 p.m. in the Buechner Room, located on the 1st floor of Village Hall. Four members constitute a quorum. The concurring vote of four members of the Zoning Board is necessary to decide in favor of the applicant in any matter upon which it is required to pass or to effect any variation