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Zoning Board of Adjustment
Like the Planning and Zoning Commission, the Board of Adjustment consists of members appointed by the City Council. Unlike the commission, the Board of Adjustment does not make recommendations to the City Council. Instead, the Board acts as a quasi-judicial body. Generally, the Board has authority over two main types of decisions: (1) whether to grant a variance from the city’s zoning regulations. When considering whether to grant a variance, the Board must make specific findings regarding the request, including: (1) that the variance is not contrary to the public interest; (2) whether due to special conditions, a literal enforcement of the ordinance would result in unnecessary hardship to the property owner; and (3) whether by granting the variance spirit of the ordinance will be observed and substantial justice will be done. Note that “unnecessary hardship” does not include a hardship created by the property owner to include but not limited to financial. Further, the hardship must be unique to the property. Finally, the Board cannot grant a variance that would allow a land use otherwise prohibited by the zoning ordinance. Typical variances include items like additions or reductions to height, square footage, or setback requirements. But the Board could not, for example, approve a “variance” that would allow a commercial use in a zoning district zoned exclusively for residential uses.
Limitation of board's authority. The Board shall have no authority to change any provisions of any ordinance. Its jurisdiction is limited to hardship and borderline cases which may arise. The board may not change the district designation of any land either to a more or less restrictive zone.
Unnecessary hardship standard. When an applicant can show that a provision of these regulations would cause unnecessary hardship if strictly adhered to and where, because of some physical condition peculiar to the land, the ZBA may authorize a variance. The unnecessary hardship may not be of a financial nature.
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.
Unger Library Board
The Unger Memorial Library Advisory Committee (“Library Advisory Committee”) consists of five members appointed by City Council. The Library Advisory Committee makes general recommendations concerning the policies, procedures, and long-range development of the City’s public library. The Library Advisory Committee makes library budget recommendations, library personnel recommendations, and holds the power to formulate general policies, rules and regulations concerning library management and operations.
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.
Main Street Program/Tourism Coordinating Board
The Main Street Program/Tourism Board is responsible for overseeing the Main Street (Downtown Plainview) program. Main Street's efforts include strengthening businesses in the Historic Business District and recruiting new ones, preserving and restoring historic buildings, molding the Historic Business District into a destination for shopping, entertainment, and leisure, defining Downtown Plainview in the shopping and tourism market and providing a vibrant events venue. The Board also oversees the HOT Fund grant program and works on various efforts to bring people to Plainview. The Board consists of nine board members.
The one-page application is available on the City’s website at www.plainviewtx.org/BoardApplication. Applications must be received by Monday, January 31st and can be dropped off at City Hall or mailed to Belinda Hinojosa, City Secretary, 202 W.5th Street, Plainview, TX 79072.
For more information about the various boards, visit https://www.plainviewtx.org/69/Boards-Committees-Commissions or call 296.1100.