The Zoning board of adjustment is a quasi-judicial board created by the City of Mason City. The Board’s purpose is to decide on: applications for Variances from the Zoning ordinance, appeals of decisions of the zoning official, and applications for conditional use permit under the Zoning Ordinance.
As a Board of the City, we welcome all testimony. we make our decisions based on the facts and evidence allowed under city code presented in open meeting. if the proceedings become lengthy, we may ask that testimony be focused on new facts or evidence not already presented. we ask that, if you wish to speak, please come to the podium and state your name and address for the record, and we ask that the proceedings be orderly. when you are testifying, please address your remarks to the board.
We are an independent board of citizens and not part of the city administration. we are served in our efforts by the city attorney and staff members of the planning and zoning division of The development services department.
The order of proceedings for each application will be: an oral statement summarizing the issues and proceudral steps presented by planning staff, followed by testimony and evidence presented by the applicant. the chair will then open the public hearing during which any member of the audience wishing to speak for or against the appeal may testify. when public comment has been received, the public hearing will close. the board will then give the applicant and city staff an opportunity to present closing summaries and arguments. finally, the board will discuss the issues and evidence, and make a decision.