Tom Thiesen (Vice-Chair)
First Monday (Monthly)
Board of Supervisors First Floor Meeting Room
Woobury County Courthouse
620 Douglas St.
Sioux City, IA
Board of Adjustment is a quasi-judicial board made up of five citizens appointed by the County Board of Supervisors, with the majority residing in the unincorporated area of the county. The Board hears and makes the final decision of appeals, which are questions between an applicant and the zoning administrator as to the proper interpretation of the zoning ordinance. They also decide on applications for special exceptions as specifically provided in the Zoning Ordinance. The Board also may authorize variances in the application of the Ordinance where there are unusual circumstances that would otherwise result in unnecessary hardship (physical, not economic) to a particular parcel of land if the Ordinance is literally enforced, and the variance would not be contrary to the public interest.
Powers & Duties:
To hear and decide appeals where it is alleged there is an error in any order, requirement, decision, interpretation, or determination made by the Zoning Director in the enforcement of this ordinance.
To hear and decide by granting or denying a variance from the provisions of this ordinance where unique conditions would result in undue hardship or practical difficulties if strict enforcement of those provisions were required. Such variances shall not be contrary to the public interest, and are to assure that the spirit of the ordinance is preserved and substantial justice is done.
To hear, review and decide on requests for conditional use permits that are authorized by the provisions of the zoning ordinance.
To hear, review and decide on appeals, variances and conditional uses within the flood plain management overlay zones subject to concurrence by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources as required.
Appointment & Membership:
Members of the Board of Adjustment shall be appointed by the Board of Supervisors for terms of five years. Terms of the Board of Adjustment members shall be staggered so that no more than two memberships expire on December 31 of any year. Vacancies shall be filled in the same manner for the remainder of an unexpired term.
Members of the Board of Adjustment shall be qualified resident electors of the county and shall not be officers or employees of any agency or department of the county. Not less than three of the five members of the Board of Adjustment shall be residents of the unincorporated area outside any city.
Board of Adjustment members shall serve without compensation.
Any member of the Board of Adjustment may be removed for cause by the Board of Supervisors following a public hearing on written charges. Cause for removal may be found by the Board of Supervisors in any action or condition which it determines to be detrimental to the proper functioning of the Board of Adjustment, including conflicts of interest, violations of laws or regulations pertaining to the role of the Board of Adjustment, failing to carry out the duties of a member of the Board of Adjustment, or other conduct which casts doubt upon the integrity or effectiveness of the member.