Meetings of the board of adjustment shall be held at the call of the chairman and at such other times as the board of adjustment may determine. All meetings shall be open to the public. The board of adjustment shall keep minutes of its proceedings showing the vote of each member upon each question, or if absent or failing to vote, indicating such fact. It shall also keep records of its examinations and other official actions, all of which shall be immediately filed in the office of the board of adjustment and shall be public record. A majority of the board of adjustment shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. Additional rules shall be adopted by the board of adjustment for the transaction of its business which are consistent with the terms of this chapter and other applicable laws.
The Board of Adjustment meets the 4th Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. in the Fort Pierce City Hall Commission Chambers. Members must be a City of Fort Pierce resident to be eligible. The board reviews and votes on variance and special exception applications along with appeals. Their efforts allow for review of proposals to adjust, enlarge or develop property or structures in a manner not permitted by the Code, ensuring the health, safety and welfare of our citizens are protected.
The board of adjustment shall consist of 5 members appointed by the city commission and be removable for cause by the city commission upon written charges and after a public hearing held in accordance with section 22-143. The terms of office of the members of the board shall be 3 years except that the 5 members who shall be sitting upon the board of adjustment as of the effective date hereof shall continue as members of the board serving out the terms for which they were originally appointed. Thereafter, as each term expires, the appointment shall be for 3 years.
The city commission shall also appoint 2 alternate members. The terms of office of alternate members shall be 3 years, except that the first 2 shall serve respectively for terms of: 1 for 2 years and 1 for 3 years. Thereafter, as any term expires, the appointment shall be for 3 years. An alternate member shall sit on the board when a regular member is not in attendance, whether such an absence is excused or not. If an alternate shall on 2 successive occasions be unable to sit for a meeting as a member of the board when asked to do so, he shall be deemed to have resigned his position as an alternate member of the board.
Serving on Other Boards
At least 1, but not more than 2 members of the board of adjustment may also be members of the city planning board.
Absence from 3 consecutive regular meetings shall operate to vacate the seat of a regular member unless such absence is excused by the board by resolution.
The board of adjustment shall select 1 of its members as chairman and 1 as vice-chairman, who shall serve in such capacity for a term of 1 year and until their successors have been selected. The chairman, or in the chairman's absence, the acting chairman, may administer oaths and compel the attendance of witnesses.
Appropriations, Fees & Other Income
Members of the board of adjustment shall receive compensation in the amount of $10 per meeting, contingent upon attendance at the meeting, payable on a quarterly basis. Responsibility for reporting attendance to receive compensation shall be placed with the board of adjustment staff coordinator. The city commission is authorized and empowered to appropriate such other funds as it may see fit for salaries, fees and expenses necessary to conduct the work of the board of adjustment. The board of adjustment shall have the authority to expend all sums so appropriated and other sums made available for its use from fees and other sources to carry out its powers and duties.
The board of adjustment shall have the power and duties specified in this section, section 22-140 and sections 22-106 through 22-116. Please contact the Planning Department for more information 772-467-3729.