The Board of Zoning Appeals generally meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 7:00 pm
Historic Courthouse 17 Church Street Mathews, VA 23109
Sonny Fauver, Chairman Box 14 Bavon, VA 23138 Phone: 804-334-2625 Email Sonny Fauver Term expires: April 2026
Peter Clendenin, Vice Chairman P.O. Box 125 Hallieford, VA 23068 Phone: 804-725-1930 Email Peter Clendenin Term expires: April 2028
Sue Thomas P.O. Box 710 North, VA 23128 Phone: 804-815-6116 Email Sue Thomas Term expires: June 2024
The Board of Zoning Appeals is a five-member body appointed by the Circuit Court based upon recommendation of The Board of Supervisors. Terms of members is five (5) years and they must be County residents.
The BZA has jurisdiction to hear three types of matters: variances, appeals, and interpretations of the zoning map.
A variance is an instance where the ordinance is relaxed in order to reduce a hardship. There are specific criteria, outlined in state code, that allow for the issuance of a variance.
Any person aggrieved with a decision of the zoning director may appeal that decision to the BZA.
If there is any uncertainty as to the location of a district boundary on the official zoning map, a citizen may apply to the BZA for an interpretation of the zoning district boundary.
Following a public hearing, the BZA decides to approve or deny the request, which is final, unless the aggrieved files a petition with the Circuit Court.