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Zoning Board of Appeals


Meetings
  • 7:30 PM
  • First and third Thursdays of each month
  • City Hall 
    1707 St. Johns Ave.
    Highland Park, IL 60035
Resources
Membership
  • Kenneth A. Henry, Chair - Term expires 2020
  • Ira Chaplik, Vice Chair- Term expires 2017*
  • Mark Bina - Term expires 2019 
  • David Fettner - Term expires 2019
  • Kevin Cullather - Term expires 2020*
  • Nicole Putzel - Term expires 2020*
  • Karl Burhop, Staff Liaison
  • Adam Stolberg, City Council Liaison
  • Charlie Gordon, Student Representative through 6/2018 
* May be reappointed for a second four-year term

The Zoning Board of Appeals consists of seven Highland Park residents appointed by the mayor and the City Council. Term appointments cover a period of four years. No commission member may serve for more than two full consecutive terms. 

Responsibilities
The City of Highland Park's Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) has the responsibility for hearing and deciding upon applications for variations to the regulations of the City's Zoning Ordinance. The board also has the responsibility of hearing issues forwarded to it by the City Council. 

The ZBA, under the special exceptions and Compere rules, is also a principal hearing/advisory body to the Plan Commission and City Council on cases involving the amortization of legal non-conforming uses and structures. The board also has the authority to decide upon requests for variations from the ravine and steep slope setback requirements as well as certain regulations for fences. 

In most cases, the ZBA has the authority to make final decisions on requests for variances; such decisions can be appealed only to the courts and not to the City Council. 

For more information, please contact Karl Burhop, staff liaison to the Zoning Board of Appeals, at 847.926.1852 or by at kburhop@cityhpil.com.