Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Board Vacancies

On the PC, Seat 1 is a three-year term expiring on 9/30/2018, and Seat 2 is a three-year term expiring on 9/30/2018. On the BAR, Seat 1 is a three-year term expiring on 9/30/2018, and Seat 2 is a three-year term expiring on 9/30/2018. On the Board of BZA, Seat 1 is a three-year term expiring on 9/30/2018, and Seat 2 is a three-year term expiring on 9/30/2018.

All of the Seats mentioned are for 3 year terms.

Mayor Mike Ross and Town Council are accepting volunteer applications from citizens interested in serving the Town of Blythewood by serving on these boards. Applicants must reside within town limits.

The BAR normally meets monthly to review applications for Certificates of Appropriateness and written appeals regarding decisions rendered by a planning official; reviews conditions of construction, reconstruction, and alterations of exterior appearances, including repair and change of exterior color where improvement value exceeds $25,000; enforces Board of Architectural review standards and considers variances for extraordinary conditions; promotes the purposes of the Historic Preservation Ordinance; and provides formal recommendations to the Town Council and/or Planning Commission on ordinance adoption or amendment, and historic property designation.

The BZA meets as needed to offer a forum for appealing decisions of the Blythewood zoning administrator. The board may affirm or reverse, wholly or in part, or may modify, the decision by a written order separately stating findings of fact and conclusion of law. The BZA may also consider property owner requests seeking variances of the zoning ordinance or special exceptions for a use permitted by district regulations.

The PC periodically prepares or revises a comprehensive plan and program for the development of its jurisdiction.  The Board prepares and recommends for adoption to the appropriate governing authority or authorities as a means for implementing plans and programs, establishes principles and policies  for guiding action in development of the area, prepares and recommends to Town Council for adoption of ordinances promoting development in accordance with the Comprehensive Plan.  The PC determines if specific proposed developments conform to the principles and requirements of the comprehensive plan for growth and improvement of the area, reviews and recommends to Town Council any needed changes in the Zoning Chapter and map of the Town of Blythewood.  They also keep Town Council and the general public informed and advised as to all matters brought before the Planning Commission.

Interested residents should submit an application online through the Town’s website as follows:
  1. Go to www.townofblythewoodsc.gov .
  2. Click on the Resident Resources link.
  3. In the brown navigation frame on the left, click on the Boards and Commissions link.
  4. Click on the Interested in Serving link to open the “Board or Commission Interest” form.
  5. Complete the form and upload your resume or supporting information (or bring hardcopies to Town Hall).
If you need additional information about the purpose or duties of these Boards, please contact Melissa Cowan, Town Clerk at 803-754-0501.

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