The City of Wheeling, West Virginia


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Board of Zoning Appeals

David Ellwood
Stephen Johnston 
Martin Maness
Ronald Sinclair 
Sherry Sligar

The Board of Zoning Appeals consist of five residents of the City who are appointed by the Mayor with the consent of Council. Three of the members must have been residents of the City for at least ten (10) years preceding the date of their appointment. No member of the Board shall be a member of the Planning Commission, nor shall any member hold any elective office in the City or Ohio County. Members of the Board serve without compensation.

The powers and duties of the Board are as follows:

Hearing Appeals

Hear and determine appeals from and review any order, requirement, decision or determination made by the Zoning Officer in the enforcement of the City’s Zoning Ordinance.

Variance Granting & Procedures

The Board has the authority to grant variances from the terms of the Zoning Ordinance in specific cases in which the variance will not be contrary to the public interest, the literal enforcement of the provisions of the Zoning Ordinance would result in unnecessary hardship, and the spirit of the Zoning Ordinance shall be observed and substantial justice done. A variance from the terms and conditions of the Zoning Ordinance will not be reviewed by the Board unless and until a written application for a variance is submitted.

Every decision of the Board of Zoning Appeals is subject to review by certiorari. Any person, firm or corporation, jointly or severally aggrieved by any decision of the Board, may present to the Circuit Court of Ohio County a petition duly verified, setting forth that such decision is illegal in whole or in part, and specifying the grounds of the illegality, all in accordance and in the manner provided by West Virginia Code Article 8-24.

Board of Zoning Appeals Agenda

From the region’s largest trail system, to national schools of excellence, to a reorganized municipal government, the City of Wheeling offers a dynamic environment for you, your family and your business. There are many features that are unique to this area and we are proud of them! Our businesses enjoy the business climate as well with our advanced, motivated work force. The work force also enjoys being active in our various professional organizations. The area boasts year-round entertainment, leisure, sports, music, festivals, dining, shopping, and much more.

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