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1. Powers and Duties

The board of zoning adjustment shall have power to grant variances in any exceptions to any of the provisions of this chapter to the extent of the following and no further.
  1. To vary or modify the strict application of any of the regulations or provisions contained in this chapter in cases in which there are no practical difficulties or unnecessary hardships in the way of such strict application. No variance or modifications of the uses permitted within a district shall be allowed.

  2. To permit the extension of a district where the boundary line thereof divides a lot in one (1) ownership at the time of the passage of this chapter, but such extension of any district shall not exceed one hundred (100) feet.

  3. The granting of the variance shall be in harmony with the general purpose and intent of the regulations imposed by this chapter on the district in which it is located and shall not be injurious to the neighborhood or otherwise detrimental to the public welfare.

  4. There must be proof of unique circumstances. There must exist special circumstances or conditions, fully described in the findings, applicable to the land or buildings for which the variance is sought, which circumstances or conditions are peculiar to such land or buildings and do not apply generally to such land or buildings in the neighborhood, and which circumstances and conditions are such that the strict application of the provisions of this chapter would deprive the applicant of the reasonable use of such land or building.

  5. There must be proof of unnecessary hardship. It is not sufficient proof of hardship to show that greater profit would result if the variance were granted. Furthermore, the hardship complained of cannot be self-created; nor can it be established in this basis by one who purchases with or without knowledge of the restrictions; it must result from the application of this chapter; it must be suffered directly by the property in question; and evidence of variance granted under similar circumstances shall not be considered.

  6. That the granting of the variance is necessary for the reasonable use of the land or building and that the variance as granted by the board is the minimum variance that will accomplish this purpose. The report of the zoning board shall fully set forth the circumstances by which this chapter would deprive the applicant of any reasonable use of his land. Mere loss in value shall not justify a variance; there must be a deprivation of beneficial use of land.

  7. That the proposed variance will not impair an adequate supply of light and air to adjacent property, substantially increase the congestion in the public streets, increase the danger of fire, endanger the public safety, or substantially diminish or impair property values within the adjacent neighborhood.

  8. That the granting of 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. The board may prescribe any safeguard that it deems necessary to secure substantially the objectives of the regulations or provisions to which the variance applies.

2. Organization and Terms A board of adjustment is hereby established.

  1. The board shall consist of five (5) members appointed by the mayor and approved by the city council each to serve for a term of three (3) years. Vacancies occurring in said board shall be filled in a like manner. Vacancies for the unexpired term of any member shall be filled for such unexpired period only. Upon the request of the board, the city council shall appoint an alternate member who shall sit as an active member when and if a member of the board is unable to serve at any hearing.

  2. The board shall choose its own chairman and in the chair's absence an acting chairman. All meetings of the board shall be held at the call of the chairman and at such other times as the board may determine.

  3. Such chairman may administer oaths and compel the attendance of witnesses.

  4. All meetings of such board shall be open to the public. Such board shall keep minutes of its proceedings showing the vote of each member on every question. If any member is absent or fails to vote, the minutes shall indicate such fact.

  5. The concurring vote of four (4) members of the board shall be necessary to decide in favor of the applicant any matter upon which said board is required to pass under the provisions of this chapter.

3. Members

  • Kent Anderson
    Term Expiration - June 24, 2022

  • Tom Behm
    Term Expiration - April 17, 2021

  • Stacey Kemp
    Term Expiration - June 24, 2022
  • Mark Peterson
    Term Expiration - June 24, 2022
  • Del Scholer
    Term Expiration - May 3, 2021

  • Lyn Vreeland
    Term Expiration - June 24, 2022

    Ex-Officio
    Mayor-Michael Brown

Staff

Bev Collings    Email
Inspections Department - 746-2631    

City Council

  • Video Linkhttps://youtu.be/BQYXH6BROWk

GRAND FORKS GROWTH FUND,
A JOBS DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY (JDA) AGENDA
Tuesday, September 3, 2019 – 5:30 p.m.
Council Chambers

 1.        GENERAL BUSINESS:   Roll Call

2.          JDA ACTION ITEMS:  Hold a Public Hearing and Take Action on

             2.1 Start-Up Loan Request:  ASR, LLC

 3.         RECEIVE AND FILE:

              3.1 JDA Annual Report

              3.2 EDARLF Semi-Annual Report

 3.          ADJOURNMENT

 GRAND FORKS CITY COUNCIL AGENDA
Tuesday, September 3, 2019 – 5:30 p.m.
Council Chambers

Notice is hereby given that the Grand Forks City Council will meet on the above date and time, in the City Council Chambers, 255 North Fourth Street, Grand Forks, North Dakota.  Persons with disabilities who may need assistance should contact the ADA Coordinator at least 24 hours prior to this meeting at 746-2665.

1.          GENERAL BUSINESS

              1.1 Welcome and Roll Call

              1.2 Pledge of Allegiance

              1.3 Mayor’s Announcement

2.          AWARDS, PRESENTATIONS, APPOINTMENTS & PROCLAMATIONS

               2.1Proclamation – Ali Borgen “Smile Wide Day”

3.          PUBLIC HEARINGS AND SECOND READINGS OF ORDINANCES

              (The City Council welcomes your interest and participation in public hearings.  If you wish to speak during
              any public hearing you may do so by completing a speaker card and placing it in the designated box. You
              may address the Council on matters relevant to the public hearing when called upon by the  Mayor.
              Please keep your remarks to a maximum of three minutes.  Always come to the podium and speak into
              the microphones, as the meeting is being broadcast and recorded.)

4.          ACTION ITEMS

              (The City Council may consider one or more of the following action items in a single vote.  Individual
                items may be acted upon separately as requested by the Mayor or a member of City Council.)

               4.1Noisy Party Ordinance Discussion

               4.2 Request for Class 3 (On and/or Off-Sale Beer and Wine) Alcoholic Beverage License for BPC
                      Grand Forks, LLC (dba Boss’ Pizza and Chicken)

               4.3 Amendment No. 1 to Engineering Services Agreement for Project No.  7642 Interim                 

      Sanitary Lift Station #45 (Opportunity Park)

               4.4 Award Bids and Notice to Proceed for Project #8067, 2019 WWTP Improvements to    

       Chemical Room, MBF Recycle Pump Header Piping, and Bypass Piping

                4.5 Approve proceeding with purchase through Omnia Consortium Contract for Project No.

       8092 Grand Forks Regional Water Treatment Plant furniture

5.          INFORMATION ITEMS

             5.1 Statement of Cash Balances as of 04/30/2019

6.          CITIZEN REQUESTS

            (Anyone wishing to address the City Council on matters within the jurisdiction of the City but that do not              appear on the Agenda may do so under Citizen Request.  Matters not appearing on the City Council’s
             Agenda will not receive action at this meeting, but may be referred to staff or a committee.  If you wish to
             speak to the City Council about an item that does not appear on the agenda, you may do so by completing
             a speaker card and placing it in the designated box at the back of the room.  You may address the Council
             as the Mayor calls upon you during this portion of the meeting.  All comments and presentations are to be
             limited to three minutes or as otherwise established by the City Council.  Always come to the podium and
             speak into the microphone, as the meeting is being broadcast and recorded.)

7.          APPROVAL OF MINUTES AND BILLS:

              7.1 Vendor List and Engineer’s Estimate

                  

8.          CITY ADMINISTRATOR COMMENTS

9.          MAYOR AND COUNCIL MEMBER COMMENTS

10.        ADJOURNMENT


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