Board of Adjustment

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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

    Mayor- Brandon Bochenski


Bev Collings    Email
Inspections Department - 746-2631    

City Council and JDA

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Monday, December 16, 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          Grand Forks Herald Building Renewal Project Overview and Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) Consideration


2.2           Cirrus/Bremer Loan Pay-offs


3.              ADJOURNMENT


Monday, December 16, 2019 – 5:30 p.m.

(Immediately following JDA)

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.




               1.1 Welcome and Roll Call

               1.2 Mayor’s Announcement




2.1         Riverside Pool Year End Report


2.2         Presentation – Longest Table


2.3         Recognition from IMLA Local Government Fellows Program – Howard D Swanson


2.4         Employee Recognition



(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.)


3.1          Public Hearing and Second Reading of Ordinance amending City Code relating to gravel allowances in Heavy Industrial Areas



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.)


4.0          Dr. Sheridan/UND Maize Research Farm Lease Addendum


4.1          Discussion of cancellation of December 23 Committee of the Whole Meeting


4.2          Applications for property tax exemption of improvements to residential and commercial buildings


4.3         Northern Plains Nitrogen Letter of Intent Renewal


4.4         Joint Powers Agreement with Grand Forks County for 2020 Election


4.5         Cost Share Amendment II of Agreement for Grand Forks Water Treatment Plant


4.6         City Hall Renewal Project Overview and Construction Manager at Risk Consideration


4.7         2020 CDBG Program and Proposed Community Services Grant Program


4.8         Budget Amendments:

               a) Fire Department

                              i) FY18 Homeland Security Grant/DES Grant Code EMW-2018-SS-0008/#168

                              ii)FY17 Homeland Security Grant/DES Grant Code A1220-001-2017-R/#19

               b) Police Department

               c) Public Transportation

               d)  Dial-A-Ride/Senior Rider

               e) Streets, Sanitation, Central Garage


4.9         Create Special Assessment District for Project No. 8094.2, District No. 746 – Paving/Street Lights for 43rd Ave. Circle (Columbia-S. 25th St.)


4.10       Engineering Agreement for Project No. 8094.1 – 43rd Ave S/Columbia Road Intersection Improvements and Project No. 8094.2, District #746 - Paving/Street Lights for 43rd Ave. Circle (Columbia-S. 25th St.)


4.11       Change Order #2 for Project No. 8001 – 2019 Sanitary Sewer Repairs


4.12       Ordinance amending Sections of City Code regarding private hydrant maintenance


4.13       Ordinance Amending Grand Forks City Code Sections 15-0404 and 15-0406 Related to Building Sewers and Connections and Restrictions on Use of Public Sewers, Sump Pump Discharge to Sanitary Sewer Policy and Program Implementation Action Plan.


4.14       Preliminary approval of an ordinance to annex all of Auditor’s Subdivision No. 51, located at North 42nd Street and 27th Avenue North


4.15       Vacation of a 10-foot walkway easement lying with  Lots, A,B , C and 10, Block A, LeClerc’s  Addition, and a 15-foot walkway and driveway easement located on Lots A and B, Block A, LeClerc’s Addition




5.1          2020 Salary Plan


5.2          Statement of Cash Balances as of 10/31/2019


5.3          Investment Management Summary as of 11/30/2019



(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.)




               7.1 Vendor List and Engineer’s Estimate


               7.2 Minutes




               7.3 Water Department – Expenses over $10,000











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