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    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 Planning and Building
    220 West First St.
    Ankeny, IA 50023
    Phone: (515) 963-3547
    Fax: (515) 963-3535
    ejensen@ankenyiowa.gov

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

    Meetings
    Meetings of the Zoning Board of Adjustment are held in the City Council Chambers, 1250 SW District Drive, at 5:00 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.

    EventDate/TimeAgenda
    04/07/2020 5:00 p.m. Not Included
    05/05/2020 5:00 p.m. Not Included
    06/02/2020 5:00 p.m. Not Included
    07/07/2020 5:00 p.m. Not Included
    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