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Posted on: November 7, 2020

Plainview’s City Council Accepting Applications for Various City Boards

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Boards seeking members include the Zoning Board of Adjustment, Building Trades/Fire Code Board of Appeals, Parks Advisory Board, Planning & Zoning Commission and Board of Health.

Zoning Board of Adjustment 

The Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) is a quasi-judicial appeals board that hears appeals of the Zoning Administrator’s decisions as they concern enforcement of the Zoning Ordinance, considers requests for variances or deviations from specific zoning ordinance requirements and considers special exceptions for off-street parking and loading requirements and to allow the restoration of a nonconforming structure to its nonconforming state if it has been destroyed by fire or the elements. The board consists of five members who are residents of the city and four alternate members who serve in the absence of one or more regular members.    
 

Building Trades/Fire Code Board of Appeals

The Building Trades and Fire Code Board of Appeals (BTFCBA) was created in 2000 to combine the functions of the three construction trade boards which existed at that time. Those were the Board of Electrical Examiners, the Building Fire Code Board of Appeals, and the Plumbing Board. The BTFCBA makes recommendations for the adoption, improvement, enforcement, and administration of the National Electrical Code (NEC), the Uniform Building Code (UBC), the Uniform Fire Code (UFC), the Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC), the Uniform Sign Code (USC), and the National Life Safety Code (NLSC). Recommendations for local amendments and standards as well as permit and licensing standards associated with those codes are developed by the board and staff and forwarded to the City Council for their consideration as ordinance amendments.
 The BTFCBA also acts in an appeals capacity regarding the decisions of the building official and fire marshal as they concern building construction and fire prevention issues. The board consists of seven board members and four alternates. The membership will consist of a building contractor, a licensed master electrician, a representative from the local electrical service provider, a licensed master plumber, a representative from the local gas service provider, and two individuals with a working knowledge of the representative trades. The four alternates can possess any of the above requirements. The open position on this board is for Building Trades.

 Parks Advisory Board 

The Parks Advisory Board (PAB) makes recommendations to the City Council in regard to the open space planning, parks and recreation planning and/or purchase, disposal, or trade of such lands.  They also make recommendations regarding fees and rates to be considered for approval by the City Council and on other decisions, the PAB is the final authority in these areas of responsibility, unless appealed to the City Council. The Board consists of eight board members.

 Planning & Zoning Commission 

The board is responsible for the city's zoning ordinance, planning for the future, and advising the City Council on matters concerning the orderly growth of the city and establishes the overall planning policy in accordance with the comprehensive plan. It is responsible for reviewing and advising the City Council on amendments to the subdivision and zoning ordinances, rezoning requests, annexation proposals, and miscellaneous studies. This commission consists of seven voting members and four alternates.

 Board of Health

The Plainview-Hale County Board of Health consists of 10 members appointed by and representative of the participating entities. The Plainview-Hale County Board of Health acts in an advisory capacity to the City of Plainview and Hale County.  The Plainview-Hale County Board of Health hears appeals regarding health inspection reports and the issuance, suspension or revocation of permits, licenses or certificates required by the Plainview-Hale County Health Department. In addition, the Plainview-Hale County Board of Health makes recommendations to City Council regarding policy matters of public health.

The one-page application is available on the City’s website at www.plainviewtx.org/BoardApplication. Applications must be received by Thursday, December 31st and can be submitted electronically.

 For more information about the various boards, visit https://www.plainviewtx.org/69/Boards-Committees-Commissions or call 296.1100.

 

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