Zoning Hearing Board

Each municipality that enacts a zoning ordinance is required by the Municipalities Planning Code to establish a Zoning Hearing Board (ZHB). Three residents are appointed to the ZHB by the Board of Supervisors for three year terms. One additional resident is appointed by the Supervisors to serve as alternate. The two main functions of the board are to hear requests for variances and for special exceptions.

A variance is permission granted by the ZHB for a waiver or modification of some regulation which, if strictly adhered to, would result in unnecessary hardship to the applicant. Unique physical circumstances that do not allow the property to be developed in conformity with the provisions of the Zoning Ordinance must be present. It must also be determined that the applicant did not create the situation and that the variance, if granted, would not alter the character of the surrounding properties or be detrimental to public welfare. In the granting of any variance the ZHB may attach reasonable conditions as it deems necessary to implement the intent of the Act.

A special exception allows a certain use in a particular district. As in the granting of any variance, the ZHB may attach to the granting of a special exception reasonable conditions as it deems necessary to implement the intent of the act.

Board Members

  • John Deleo
  • William Koons
  • Tim Bartuska

Board Meetings

Please check the Calendar of Events for meeting dates. All meetings begin at 7:00 pm in the Municipal Building and are open to the public.


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