Zoning Board of Adjustment

The Board of Adjustment is a five regular member board with one alternate for a two year term. 

The Board of Adjustment shall be authorized, in appropriate cases and subject to appropriate conditions and safeguards, to make special exceptions to the terms of Chapter 157, and any subsequent  zoning ordinances, that are consistent with the general purpose and intent of Chapter 157, and any subsequent zoning ordinances, and in accordance with any applicable rules contained in Chapter 157, and any subsequent zoning ordinances.   (B)   The Board of Adjustment may hear and decide an appeal that alleges error in a final order, requirement, decision, or determination made by a City Code Compliance Officer in the enforcement of any zoning ordinance; hear and decide special exceptions to the terms of Chapter 157, and any subsequent zoning ordinances, as permitted; authorize in specific cases a variance from the terms of Chapter 157, any subsequent zoning ordinances, if the variance is not contrary to the public interest and, due to special conditions, a literal enforcement of Chapter 157, and any subsequent zoning ordinances,  would result in unnecessary hardship, and so that the spirit of the city’s zoning ordinances are observed and substantial justice is done; and hear and decide matters authorized by a zoning ordinance of the city.   (C)   The following persons may appeal to the Board of Adjustment a final decision made by a City Code Compliance Officer: a person aggrieved by the decision; or any officer, department, board or bureau of the city affected by the decision.

City Council

The City Council consists of a six-citizen board, with two members for each of Keene's three wards. Three council seats, one from each ward, are up for election every two years. The Mayor is also considered a part of the City Council, though not normally a voting member.

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Building Standards Commission

The Building Standards Commission & Fire Board meet on an as needed basis regarding appeals from the decisions of the Building Official or Fire Marshal.

Building Standards Commission Members

 

 

Special Building Standards Commission - Fire Board Members

 

 

 

Planning & Zoning

The Planning and Zoning Commission is comprised of five members appointed by the City Council and are responsible for approving plans for subdivisions, making recommendations to City Council regarding land use, re-zoning requests, amendments to zoning ordinances and other development regulations.

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