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    What is the BOA

    Have you heard about the BOA or rather the Board of Adjustment? The BOA is a Jefferson County volunteer board and its members are appointed by the Board of County Commissioners.

    So what does the BOA do exactly? The Board of Adjustment is the board that considers granting variances or special exceptions to established zoning regulations in cases where property owners cannot meet the standards in their zone districts.

    Along with variances, the board considers special exceptions for temporary activities, such as short-term rentals or even temporary dwellings like a trailer while the permanent structure is being built. This is also the board that citizens can go before if they wish to appeal the Zoning Administrator’s written decision, determinations and interpretations.

    Basically, this is the board that landowners go in front of if they believe they have a valid reason to ask for something like building an addition to their home 25 feet from the property line, when their zone district requires a 50 foot setback.

    The granting of the variances and special exceptions is not automatic. The homeowner may need to prove an adequate hardship and public testimony is also considered. Public notices are posted for these cases and anyone from the public is encouraged to attend and testify for or against any of the cases.

    The BOA meets the first and third Wednesday of each month at 9 a.m. The meetings are open to the public and are held in Hearing Room One located in the Administration and Courts Facility, 100 Jefferson County Parkway.

    The board is comprised of five members that serve three-year terms and two alternate members that serve one-year terms. Members are paid $20 per meeting and $20 per trip when they visit a cse site.

    Current chair Richard Ingram, who moved to the Evergreen area in the early 80s and has a background in real estate said, “I’ve enjoyed giving back to the county. It’s been good to me and I have really liked living in Jeffco. By serving on the board I feel I can contribute even a little bit to the community.”

    When asked who he thought would be the best kind of volunteer for this board he stated, “We have had quite a variety on the board, including attorneys, construction folks and realtors, but mostly those that would be best to serve are those people with good common sense.”

    This board does require not only a time commitment and dedication, but also “An ideal candidate is a good listener, has a good knowledge of zoning and construction, and it even helps to have a 4-wheel drive vehicle to access the remote sites in the applications that the board reviews,” said the county’s Zoning Administrator Mike Chadwick.

    If this board or any of the other boards or commissions sound like something you would like to volunteer for, please visit and click on the Boards & Commissions link on the left side of the page.

    March 8, 2012

    Last Updated: 6-7-2013