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 DANBY, NY – The Town Board of the Town of Danby is seeking three members for the Board of Zoning Appeals to complete the remainders of:

  • a one-year term (ends December 31, 2016);
  • a two-year term (ends December 31, 2017); and
  • a three-year term (ends December 31, 2018).

Members of the Board of Zoning Appeals:

  • Must be residents of the Town of Danby
  • Must submit a Letter of Interest and be appointed by the Town Board
  • Are expected to fulfill the New York State attendance and training requirements for BZA members
  • Follow Town Law, Section  267 (a)

The Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) consists of five citizens, appointed by the Town Board. These are not salaried positions; however, they play an important role in ensuring that the zoning process is equitable. A zoning law is a community’s guide to its future development.

The Danby Board of Zoning Appeals is a quasi-judicial body, existing primarily to act as a buffer for aggrieved applicants requesting relief from the zoning. BZAs have two appellate functions: the review of applications for use and area zoning variances, and the power to render interpretations of the zoning regulations. The Board of Zoning Appeals also conducts environmental quality review (SEQRA) when necessary.

State law requires that BZA members receive at least four hours of training each year on the Town’s zoning ordinance and on case law that affects BZA decisions. Training materials will be provided by the Town. Trainings are also available regionally and online for if you are unable to attend a scheduled in-house trainings. Meetings to hear variance appeals are typically held once a month or once every two months, scheduled as needed to hear variance applications.  

Please contact Town Clerk (607.277.4788/ to fill out an application to join!

Applications received by May 2 will be considered at the May 9 Town Board meeting.

Applications are welcome after this date and will be considered until all vacancies are filled.

(Featured photo by Ted Crane from the Danby town website)

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Michael Smith

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