- Administrator. The purpose of this chapter is to confirm the existing Zoning Administrative Officer, and it shall be the duty of said officer to enforce this chapter. Such officer may be a person holding other appointive office in the City, or in another governmental agency.
- Zoning Administrative Officer. No land shall be occupied or used, and no building hereafter erected or structurally altered shall be occupied or used in whole or in part for any purpose whatsoever, until a permit is issued by the Zoning Administrator, stating that the building and use comply with the provisions of this chapter. No change of use shall be made in any building or part thereof, now or hereafter erected or structurally altered, without a permit being issued therefor by the Zoning Administrative Officer. No permit shall be issued to make a change unless the changes are in conformity with provisions of this chapter. Nothing in this part shall prevent the continuance of a nonconforming use as herein authorized, unless a discontinuance is necessary for the safety of life or property.
- Application For Compliance Permit. Compliance permits shall be obtained from the Zoning Administrative Officer before starting or proceeding with the erection, construction, moving into, or the structural alteration of a building or structure, including billboards. Permits shall be kept on file by the Zoning Administrator, and copies shall be furnished on request to any person having a proprietary or tenancy interest in the building affected.
- Plats. Each application for a compliance permit shall be accompanied by a plat in duplicate drawn to scale, showing the actual dimensions of the lot to be built upon, the size, shape and location of the building to be erected, the dimensions of the required yards, parking and open spaces, and such other information as may be necessary to provide for the enforcement of this chapter.
- Construction and Use To Be As Provided In Application, Plans and Permit. Compliance permits issued on the basis of plans and applications, approved by the Zoning Administrative Officer, authorize only that use, arrangement and construction. Use, arrangement and construction at variance with that authorized shall be deemed a violation of this chapter.
- Fees. Before receiving a compliance permit the owner or owner’s agent shall pay to the City the permit fee as provided by resolution of the Council. City, County, State and Federal governments shall be exempt from paying said fees.
- Special Exceptions. A compliance permit for a special exception may be issued by the Administrative Officer after review by the Commission and upon order of the Board of Adjustment.
- Restraining Order. In case any building or structure is erected, constructed, reconstructed, altered, repaired, converted, or maintained, or any building, structure or land is used in violation of this chapter, the City Attorney, in addition to other remedies, may institute any proper action or proceed in the name of the City to prevent such unlawful erection, construction, reconstruction, alteration, repair, conversion, maintenance, conduct, business or use in or about said premises.
- Confirmation of Existing Board of Adjustment: The five (5) members of the existing Board of Adjustment are hereby confirmed to continue their appointed terms of office. Future members of the Board of Adjustment shall be appointed by the City Council for a term of five (5) years. Members of the Board of Adjustment may be removed from office by the Council for cause upon written charges and after public hearing. Vacancies shall be filled by the Council for the unexpired term of the resigning member.
- Proceedings of the Board Of Adjustment. The Board of Adjustment shall adopt rules necessary to the conduct of its affairs, and in keeping with the provisions of this chapter. Meetings shall be held at the call of the Chairperson and at such other times as the Board may determine. The Chairperson, or in his/her absence the acting Chairperson, may administer oaths and compel attendance of witnesses. All meetings shall be open to the public. The Board of Adjustment shall keep minutes of its proceedings showing the vote of each member upon each question, or if absent or failing to vote indicating such fact, and shall keep records of its examination and other official actions, all of which shall be a public record and be immediately filed in the office of the Board. The presence of three (3) members shall constitute a quorum.
- Hearings, Appeals, Notice. Appeals to the Board of Adjustment concerning interpretation or administration of this chapter may be taken by any person aggrieved or by any officer or bureau of the City affected by a decision of the Administrative Officer. Such appeals should be taken within a reasonable time, not to exceed sixty (60) days, by filing with the Administrative Officer and with the Board of Adjustment, a notice of appeal specifying the grounds thereof. The Administrative Officer shall forthwith transmit to the Board all papers constituting the record from which the action appealed was taken. The Board of Adjustment shall fix a reasonable time for the hearing of appeal, give public notices thereof, as well as due notice to the parties of interest, and decide the same within a reasonable time. At the hearing any party may appear in person or by agent or attorney. A fee to be determined by resolution of the Council shall be paid to the Administrative Officer at the time the notice of appeal is filed, which the Administrative Officer shall forthwith pay to the credit of the General Revenue Fund of the City.
- Stay of Proceedings. An appeal stays all proceedings in furtherance of the action which was appealed, unless the Administrative Officer from whom the appeal is taken certifies to the Board of Adjustment after the notice of appeal is filed with such officer, that by reason of facts stated in the certificate, a stay would, in the opinion of the officer, cause imminent peril to life or property. In such case, proceedings shall not be stayed other than by a restraining order which may be granted by the Board of Adjustment or by a court of record on the application, on notice to the Administrative Officer from whom the appeal is taken and on due cause shown.
- Powers and Duties. The Board of Adjustment shall have the following powers and duties:
- Administrative Review. To hear and decide appeals where it is alleged that there is error in any order, requirement, decision, or determination made by the Administrative Administrator in the enforcement of this chapter.
- Special Exceptions. To hear and decide only such exceptions as the Board of Adjustment is specifically authorized to pass on by the terms of this chapter, and as provided for in Section 165.19.
- Variances. To authorize upon appeal in specific cases such variance from the terms of this chapter as will not be contrary to the public interest where, owing to the special conditions, a literal enforcement of the provisions of this chapter would result in unnecessary hardship. A variance from the terms of this chapter shall not be granted by the Board of Adjustments unless and until:
- A written application for a variance is submitted demonstrating:
- That special conditions and circumstances exist which are peculiar to the land, structure, or building involved and which are not applicable to other lands, structures, or buildings in the same district;
- That literal interpretation of the provisions of this chapter would deprive the applicant of rights commonly enjoyed by other properties in the same district under the terms of this chapter;
- That the special conditions and circumstances do not result from the actions of the applicant.
- That granting the variance requested will not confer on the applicant any special privilege that is denied by this chapter to other lands, structures, or buildings in the same district. No nonconforming use of neighboring lands, structures or buildings in other districts shall be considered grounds for the issuance of a variance.
- Notice of public hearing shall be given.
- The public hearing shall be held. Any party may appear in person or by agent or attorney.
- The Board of Adjustment shall make findings that the requirements of this section have been met by the applicant for a variance.
- The Board of Adjustment shall further make a finding that the reasons set forth in the application justify the granting of the variance and that the variance is the minimum variance that will make possible the reasonable use of the land, building or structure.
- The Board of Adjustment shall further make a finding that the granting of the variance will be in harmony with the general purpose and intent of this chapter, and will not be injurious to the neighborhood, or otherwise detrimental to the public welfare.
- The application for a variance shall be accompanied by a fee to be determined by resolution of the Council.
In granting any variance, the Board of Adjustment may prescribe appropriate conditions and safeguards in conformity with this chapter. Violations of such conditions and safeguards, when made a part of the terms under which the variance is granted, shall be deemed a violation of this chapter.
- A written application for a variance is submitted demonstrating:
- Decisions of the Board of Adjustment. In exercising the above mentioned powers, the Board of Adjustment may, so long as such action is in conformity with the terms of this chapter, reverse or affirm, wholly or partly, or may modify order, requirements, decision, or determination as ought to be made and to that end shall have powers of the Administrative Officer from whom the appeal is taken. The concurring vote of three members of the Board shall be necessary to reverse any order, requirement, decision or determination of the Administrative Officer, or to decide in favor of the applicant on any matter upon which it is required to pass under this chapter, or to effect any variation in application of this chapter.
- Appeals From the Board of Adjustment: Any person or persons, or any board, taxpayer, department, board or bureau of the community aggrieved by any decision of the Board of Adjustment may seek review of such decision of the Board of Adjustment by a court of record in the manner provided by the laws of the State of Iowa and particularly by Chapter 414, Code of Iowa.