Board of Zoning Appeals


The Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) exists to hear all appeals or consider any matters referred to it under the Zoning Regulations or pursuant to any other ordinance. The following matters may be appealed to the BZA:
  • Appeal requesting variance from Zoning Regulations
  • Appeal requesting exception from Zoning Regulations
  • Appeal regarding a decision of the ARB, the City Administrator, City Clerk or other officer administering the provision of the Zoning Regulations or Building Code
Appeals to the Board of Zoning Appeals must be filed in writing, setting forth the grounds for the appeal and identifying the person(s) filing the appeal. Each appeal must be accompanied by a fee of $50.00 to cover the costs of publication.
Anyone wishing to appeal a decision of the BZA may bring an action in the District Court of Johnson County, Kansas.  Appeals must be filed with the City Clerk within thirty (30) days of the denial of the permit requested or within thirty (30) days of the decision at issue (normally at the next monthly meeting). 

The BZA is composed of five (5) members who are residents of the City and are appointed to three-year terms.  A quorum  of  3 members must be present for the meeting to take place.  The BZA meets once monthly, as needed, typically on the last Wednesday of each month at 8:30am unless there are no matters to be heard. 

K.S.A. 12-759 requires that the BZA must find that five conditions exist before granting a variance. These five conditions are found in the Code of Ordinances Section 5-118 H.1. and can be read here


  • Mary Jane Barnes
  • Bob Spake, Vice Chair
  • Casey Halsey, Chair
  • Judy Moore
  • Mark Eisemann
  • Barbara Nelson, Council Liaison 


The board meets once monthly at 8:30 a.m. at City Hall, unless there are no matters to be heard. Meetings are typically scheduled only one month in advance.