TO:                 Members, Albemarle County Board of Supervisors


FROM:           Amelia G. McCulley, Zoning Administrator


DATE:            March 13, 2008


RE:                 2007 Annual Report of the Board of Zoning Appeals


Please find the attached 2007 annual report of the Board of Zoning Appeals. 


State Code Section 15.2-2308 requires the Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) to keep a full public record of its proceedings and to submit a report of its activities to the governing body.  The full 2007 BZA annual report is attached for your information.


The Board of Zoning Appeals hears variances from the Zoning Ordinance and appeals from decisions of the Zoning Administrator or other administrative officer.  These appeals can include determinations of zoning violation. 


The number of appeals in 2007 increased by 7, from 2 received in 2006 to 9 in 2007.  Two appeals were withdrawn, one was void, one was moot and 4 determinations were affirmed by the Board.  One appeal is still pending from 2007.  The Board also took action on one appeal (2005-004) that was remanded from the Albemarle Circuit Court.


The number of variances in 2007 decreased by 2, from 14 in 2006 to 12 in 2007.  Seven variances were approved, three were denied, one was withdrawn, and one was void.   The Board also took action on three variances that were pending from 2006.  The number of variance requests related to setbacks was higher in 2007 than 2006.


The number of special use permits for off-site signs decreased by 4, from 4 in 2006 to 0 in 2007.  The Board took action on a special use permit that was pending from 2006.


The following court cases are still pending as of December 31, 2007:


1.         Paul Begin, et al. v. Board of Zoning Appeals and Planned Parenthood.


2.         Scott W. and Caroline F. Watkins v. Board of Zoning Appeals.  Appeal of determination of zoning violation.


Attachment:  2007 Annual Report


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