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The Village has a Planning Commission consisting of five members. The members constituting said Commission shall be the Mayor, one member of Council, to be selected by the Council for the remainder of his or her term as a member of Council, and three citizens of the Municipality to be appointed by the Mayor for terms of six years each. The Planning Commission shall have all the powers conferred upon it by Ohio R.C. 713.02 et seq.
Board of Zoning Appeals
The Village has a Board of Zoning Appeals which shall be composed of five members who are electors of the Village and who are qualified by experience and training to pass upon matters pertaining to zoning. At least one member shall also be a member of the Village Planning Commission. The members of such Board shall be appointed by the Mayor, who shall also designate the Chairperson of the Board. The term of a member shall be for a term of six years, beginning on January 1 of the even numbered years, except that of the first term, and each member shall serve until his or her successor is appointed and qualified. In case of a vacancy, the Mayor may appoint a member to the unexpired term of the member which caused such vacancy. The Village Building Inspector shall attend all Board meetings in order to provide his or her guidance and expertise.
The Board shall adopt such rules and regulations as may be necessary for the purpose of carrying out its functions and duties and which are not in conflict with the provisions of this Zoning Code. Regular meetings of the Board shall be held once a month on the same day of the week, to be determined by the Board, and on such special dates as may be necessary, as determined by the Chairperson.
The Board shall have jurisdiction:
- To hear and decide appeals from the refusal of building permits by the Building Inspector or other officers, to permit exceptions to and variations from the district regulations, and to administer the regulations as specified therein.
- To hear like appeals on matters relating to the Building Code when authority is given to the Board by the Council, but in such case, its power to dispose of the appeal shall be limited to an affirmance or reversal of the action of the Building Inspector.
- To hear and decide applications, certified by the Building Inspector, by a person seeking a conditional use.
- To hear and decide applications, certified by the Building Inspector, by a person seeking a determination for a similar use.
- To hear and to decide applications for variances from the terms of this Zoning Code, certified by the Building Inspector, in the following cases: when, owing to special conditions, a literal enforcement of this Code would result in practical difficulty, or, in the case of a use variance, a literal enforcement of this Code would result in unnecessary hardship.
- To hear and decide applications, certified by the Building Inspector, by a person seeking to replace a lawful nonconforming use with another non-conforming use.
- To hear and decide any matter specifically referred to it by any section of this chapter.
All such jurisdictions shall be exercised in the manner and under the conditions herein established.
Current Members of the Zoning Board of Appeals are:
Allen Pfenninger, Chairperson
Judy Bizjak, Secretary
Rose Presot, Member
Gary Samerigo, Member
Don Galek, Member
Volunteer Firefighters Dependent’s Fund Board
There is hereby established in and for the Village a Volunteer Fire-Fighters' Dependents Fund Board, consisting of five members. The Board shall hereafter be maintained in accordance with the provisions of Ohio R.C. 146.01 to 146.19 and any and all other applicable laws of the State.
The members of the Board shall be chosen as follows:
- Two members shall be elected by Council;
- Two members shall be elected by the Fire Department; and
- One member shall be elected by the Board members, and he or she must be an elector of the Village, but not a public employee.
Said elections and the terms of the members shall be in accordance with Ohio R.C. 146.04.
There is a Village Records Commission consisting of four members. The members constituting the Commission shall include the Mayor, the Clerk/Treasurer, the Law Director and a citizen of the Village to be appointed by the Mayor with the advice and consent of Council. The Commission shall have all the powers conferred upon it by Ohio R.C. 149.39 et seq.
Tax Incentive Review Council
Pursuant to Ohio R.C. 5709.85, there is a Village of Brooklyn Heights Tax Incentive Review Council, to assist the Village with its Community Reinvestment Area Program. The TIRC shall be comprised of seven members, who shall be appointed as follows: three members appointed by the Board of County Commissioners; two members appointed by the Village; the County Auditor (or his or her designee); and a member appointed by the Cuyahoga Heights Local School District. At least two of the members of the TIRC shall be residents of the Village. The terms of the members shall be three years. The TIRC shall perform the duties and responsibilities as set forth in Ohio R.C. 5709.85.
Income Tax Board of Review
The Village has a Board of Review, consisting of the Mayor, or a person designated by him or her, the Village Law Director and a member of the Village Council to be elected by that body.. The Board shall select, each year, for a one-year term, one of its members to serve as Chairperson and one to serve as Secretary. A majority of the members of the Board shall constitute a quorum.
The Board shall hear and pass on appeals from any ruling or decision of the Tax Administrator, and, at the request of the taxpayer or Tax Administrator, is empowered to substitute alternative methods of allocation.
Architectural Board of Review
The Village has an Architectural Board of Review whose regular membership shall consist of the Architect, the Engineer, the Building Official, and two residents who shall be appointed by the Mayor with the consent of Council for a term of six years.
The Board shall protect the value, appearance and use of property on which exterior buildings, signs and other structures are constructed or altered to maintain a high character of community development, to protect the public health, safety, convenience and welfare, and to protect real estate in the Village from impairment or destruction of value. Such purpose shall be accomplished by the Board regulating, according to accepted and recognized architectural principles, the design, use of materials, finished grade lines, dimensions, orientation and location of all exterior alterations to main and accessory buildings, signs, structures and landscaping moved, altered, remodeled or repaired, subject to the provisions of the Planning and Zoning Code, this Building and Housing Code and other applicable ordinances of the Village. In reviewing, regulating and approving building plans, the Board shall consider and be cognizant of the development of adjacent, contiguous and neighboring buildings and properties. The Board shall also review and recommend to the Village Council any changes or amendments to this Building and Housing Code which it deems advisable, including, but not limited to, the types of homes, exterior finishes, basements, etc.
Charter Review Commission
The Charter Review Commission shall have nine (9) members who shall be registered voters of the Village and who shall serve for one (1) year, beginning on the first (1st) day of January following their appointment. The Mayor, Clerk/Treasurer and each member of the Village Council shall appoint one (1) member. No more than three (3) members of the Charter Review Commission shall hold an elected or appointed office with the Village.
The Charter Review Commission shall examine the Village Charter and recommend amendments for the improvement of the Village government. The Commission shall adopt the amendments by a majority vote of all of its members. The proposed amendments to the Village Charter shall be submitted to the voters.