The Borough of Jefferson Hills Zoning Hearing Board consists of five members and two alternates appointed to 5-year terms. The Board helps to ensure fair and equitable application and administration of the Borough's Zoning Ordinance. This is accomplished through various means such as hearing appeals for variances, special exceptions on the Zoning Officer's determinations, and by granting relief from ordinances in certain hardship situations.
The Zoning Hearing Board does not have the power to make or modify zoning policy and also has no enforcement powers. The Borough Zoning Officer handles enforcement of the Zoning Ordinance.
The Zoning Hearing Board functions as a quasi-judicial body by scheduling hearings and appeals, taking evidence, and issuing written decisions in accordance with the law.
The Board plays a vital role in developing a more effective Zoning Ordinance by working to detect weaknesses in the Borough's zoning law. It may also request the Planning Commission to consider a zoning amendment.
Meeting Schedule: The Borough of Jefferson Hills Zoning Hearing Board holds meetings as needed.
Zoning Hearing Board
Solicitor: Matthew Racunas
Chairman: Paul Calise
Vice Chairman: Michael Bohnert
Secretary: Daniel Chiacchia