Zoning Board of Adjustment

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Board Information

The City of Ankeny Zoning Board of Adjustment is a quasi-judicial board compromised of five members appointed by the Mayor with the approval of the Council.

The Board is empowered through Chapter 414 of the Code of Iowa and Chapter 197 of the Muncipal Code to grant special exceptions as provided in the Zoning Ordinance and to hear appeals to decisions made in the enforcement of the Zoning Chapters.

The Board has the authority to allow variances to the Zoning Chapters for individual properties where provisions of the Chapter impose a unique and unnecessary hardship on the property owner and where the granting of a variance is not contrary to the intent of the Zoning Chapters or to the public interest.

The Board has no authority to allow a variance whose effect is not in harmony with the intended spirit and purpose of the Zoning Ordinance. A variance is not a right, and it shall not be granted for hardships that are created by the property owner.

The Board is also empowered through Chapter 196.02 to issue special permits authorizing the location of buildings or uses, as outlined in Chapter 196 of the Municipal Code, in any district from which they are prohibited by the Zoning Ordinance.

The City of Ankeny Zoning Board of Adjustment functions as a safety valve through which landowners can seek relief from the strict application of a zoning ordinance.

Board/Commission Zoning Board of Adjustment
City Code Chapter 197
Established 1976
Term 5 years
Number of Members Five (5)
Special Requirements None

Applications & Guidelines

City Staff

Eric Jensen
Director of Community Development
220 West First St.
Ankeny, IA 50023
Phone: (515) 963-3547
Fax: (515) 963-3535

Brenda Fuglsang
Recording Secretary
220 West First St.
Ankeny, IA 50023
Phone: (515) 963-3554

Meetings of the Zoning Board of Adjustment are held in the City Council Chambers, 1250 SW District Drive, at 5 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday of each month, following the Monday evening City Council meetings.

All Board of Adjustment meetings are open to the public. Meeting agendas are posted on the Friday prior to every meeting.

08/04/2020 5:00 p.m. Not Included
09/09/2020 5:00 p.m. Not Included
10/06/2020 5:00 p.m. Not Included
11/03/2020 5:00 p.m. Not Included
12/08/2020 5:00 p.m. Not Included
01/05/2021 5:00 p.m. Not Included
02/02/2021 5:00 p.m. Not Included