Division IV. Administration and Enforcement

Chapter 18.195


18.195.010    Administrative officer.

18.195.020    Board of zoning appeals.

18.195.030    Planning commission.

18.195.040    Payment of delinquent taxes required.

18.195.010 Administrative officer.

The provisions of this title shall be administered by the senior planner or designee as zoning administrator who shall:

(1) Issue and renew where applicable all temporary use permits and make and maintain records thereof.

(2) Maintain and keep current zoning maps and records of amendments thereto.

(3) Conduct inspections as prescribed by this title and such other inspections as are necessary to ensure compliance with the various provisions of this title.

(4) In addition to any other site plan requirement established in the city code, as may be determined necessary, require a site plan to be filed in order to demonstrate compliance with all provisions of this title.

(5) Take such other action as may be authorized by law. (Ord. 2017-03; Ord. 2011-08. Zoning ordinance Art. 7, § 1).

18.195.020 Board of zoning appeals.

(1) The establishment of the Staunton board of zoning appeals, hereafter referred to as the “board,” is hereby established. The board shall be composed of five residents of Staunton who are not members of any governing body. The members shall be appointed by the circuit court. Each board member appointed shall serve for a term of five years and be removable for cause as provided by law. Vacancies shall be filled by the appointing authority for the unexpired term of any member whose office becomes vacant.

(2) The board shall elect a chairman from its membership, shall appoint a secretary, and shall prescribe rules for the conduct of its affairs. The board shall meet at the call of the chairman, and at such other times as the board may determine, at a fixed time and place. All meetings of the board shall be open to the public. The board shall keep minutes of its proceedings, showing the vote of each member upon each question, or, if absent or failing to vote, indicating such fact, and shall keep records of its examinations and other official actions, all of which shall be immediately filed in the office of the board and shall be a public record. It shall have power to call on any other city departments for assistance in the performance of its duties, and it shall be the duty of such other departments to render all such assistance as may be reasonably required consistent with law.

(3) Powers of the Board of Zoning Appeals. The board, to the extent authorized by provisions of the Virginia Code, has the authority to compel the attendance of witnesses at hearings and to administer oaths, and it shall have the powers and duties as otherwise prescribed by law. (Ord. 2009-04. Zoning ordinance Art. 7, § 1).

18.195.030 Planning commission.

The planning commission shall:

(1) Establish such rules of procedure as are necessary to the performance of its functions hereunder.

(2) Review all applications for uses permitted on review in accordance with Chapter 18.210 SCC and this division.

(3) Study and report on all proposed amendments to this title; further, review annually this title and, on the basis of such review, suggest amendments thereto. (Ord. 2009-04. Zoning ordinance Art. 7, § 1).

18.195.040 Payment of delinquent taxes required.

(1) Prior to the initiation of any application hereunder for any special exception, special-use permit, variance, rezoning, plat approval, or any other land-use permit, including building permits or certificates of occupancy, the applicant shall produce satisfactory evidence that any delinquent real estate taxes owed to the city, which have been properly assessed against the subject property, have been paid.

(2) The foregoing requirement shall not be applicable to any rezoning of real property initiated by the planning commission or by the city council. (Zoning ordinance Art. 7, § 1).