The Board adopts “Zoning Hearing Board of West Chester Borough” as its title.
The Offices of the Board shall be in the Borough Hall, 401 East Gay Street, West Chester, Pennsylvania.
3. Zoning Administrative Officer
Borough Council shall appoint a Zoning Administrative Officer who will maintain an Office in the Borough Hall, 401 East Gay Street, West Chester, Pennsylvania. The Zoning Administrative Officer shall have custody of the records and papers of the Board. He shall not permit any original records or papers to be taken from his custody except at the direction of the Board or its Solicitor.
The Board shall use such agents, including a Solicitor, as are authorized by Borough Council.
The Meetings of the Board shall be held at the call of the Chairman and at such times as the Board may determine. Normally, the Board will meet at Borough Hall, 401 East Gay Street, West Chester, Pennsylvania.
6. Notice of Issuance or Denial of Permits
The Zoning Officer shall give notice to the applicant of the issuance or denial of any permit.
7. Appeals to the Board from an Administrative Decision
Appeals to the Board shall be taken within thirty (30) days after the action which is the subject of the Appeal. Such an Appeal shall be taken by filing with the Board a notice of Appeal specifying the grounds thereof.
8. Form of Appeal of Application
An Appeal filed with the Board as prescribed in Rule #7, or on Application for a Special Exception, or an Application for a Variance from the terms of the Ordinance, shall be filed with the Zoning Officer, and each Appeal or Application shall state:
9. Authentication of Interest in Property
Before an application can be filed the Applicant must establish to the satisfaction of the Zoning Officer the he/she has such an interest in the property as would enable him/her, except for the provisions of the Zoning Ordinance, to make use of the property requested by him/her. The Zoning Officer may require the production of the appropriate leases, deeds and other legal documents in order to make this initial determination.
10. Pre-Hearing Memoranda - Briefs
In all cases involving a challenge to the validity of any provisions of any Ordinance, the person asserting the challenge shall file with the Board and the Borough Manager at lease five (5) working days prior to the hearing a Memorandum listing;
The Parties to a proceeding before the Board shall be limited to:
All Decisions of the Board shall be filed with the Zoning Officer and be Matters of Public Record. Notice of such Decisions will be given only to parties who, either personally or through Counsel, request at the time of the Public Hearing that such Notice be given them.
13. Amendment of Decisions
The Board may, on its own motion or upon timely request of any party in interest, amend any of its decisions in whole or in part.
14. Direction to Zoning Officer
The Board may, upon request, authorize or direct the Zoning Officer to issue or deny a Permit if, in its opinion, the issuance or denial of such Permit is authorized or required by the Ordinance. In such cases, no Public Hearing will be held unless an Appeal from the issuance or denial of a Permit is taken as provided in these Rules.
Any Member of the Board or the Board’s Solicitor will disqualify himself from participation in the Hearing or Disposition of any Application or Appeal if such Member or the Solicitor considers that he is personally interested in the outcome of the Application or Appeal.
16. Scope of Rules
These Rules shall be broadly construed in order to give the Board the maximum discretion which it is authorized to exercise.
These Rules may be amended or rescinded at any time by a majority of the Board.
Promulgated by the Zoning Hearing Board of West Chester Borough this 11th Day of June, 2012