Board of Zoning Appeals


  • 6 p.m. on the fourth Monday of the month
  • City Administration Building
    City Council Chambers
    Second Floor
    107 E. Main Street
    Xenia, OH 45385

Agendas & Minutes

For information on Board of Zoning Appeals agendas and meeting minutes, email the City Clerk or call 937-376-7235.


  • David Harrison
  • Rick Hilliard
  • Roger Slone

About the Board

The Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) is a group of volunteer Xenia citizens who serve as (1) the decision‐making body for variances from standards in the Land Development Code (PDF), and (2) a quasi-judicial appeals body for decisions of the City of Xenia Planning and Zoning Department staff. The BZA is established by Xenia City Charter Article VIII, §8.01, and governed by Section 1220.01(c) of the Land Development Code.

A variance is a modification of the strict terms of the Land Development Code as they apply to a specific property. A variance allows such a modification when it is not contrary to the public interest and where, due to conditions peculiar to the property and not a result of the actions of the applicant, a literal enforcement of the Code would result in a practical difficulty.

BZA members are residents of the City and are appointed by the City Council to staggered terms of four years each. One Council member serves as chair as appointed by the Council President at their second regular session in January of each year. The appointed Council member serves as chair for his/her entire term on Council. The staff representative is the City Planner or his/her designee.

Board of Zoning Appeals Application Process

The Planning and Zoning Department staff is available to assist applicants during every phase of the application process. Applicants are strongly encouraged to schedule a pre-submittal meeting or phone call during which the applicant can learn about the BZA process. A pre-submittal meeting also affords the applicant and staff the opportunity to address any initial concerns with the application. For more information or to schedule a meeting, please email the Code Enforcement Officer or call 937-376-7277.

Notice of Public Hearing

A notice for a public hearing is a required notice to be sent by the City to property owners who are in the vicinity of a property where development of or changes are proposed. Typical public hearing notices advertise a request for a variance, conditional use, or appeal. Such notices invite the public to participate in the decision-making process. If you received a notice of public hearing in the mail and you have questions, please contact the staff member at the number listed at the bottom of the notice.

Interested in Serving?

If a vacancy on the Board is noted above and you are interested in serving, please contact City Clerk Michelle Johnson at (937) 376-7235 or email.