The Board of Zoning Appeals – Form Based Codes (BZA-FBC) hears appeals and variance requests for properties governed by a Form Based [Zoning] Code that is identified by City Council as being subject to the BZA-FBC. Currently, BZA-FBC hears appeals to determinations regarding the Bull Street Planned Unit Development (PUD). For areas of the City of Columbia not regulated by an identified form based code, please refer to the Board of Zoning Appeals.
If there are cases to be heard, BZA-FBC holds public hearings on the second Wednesday of each month. Expect approximately 30-45 days from the time of application to the board until the date of public hearing, as BoZA-FBC may only hear cases that have been properly noticed by the Zoning Division (see Chapter 17, Article III, Division 3, Sections 111, 113, 114, and 115 of the City Code) and/or items that have been placed upon the agenda by the Zoning Division in accordance with Title 30, Chapter 4 of the Code of Laws of South Carolina. BZA-FBC public hearings are held in City Council Chambers on the 3rd floor of City Hall, 1737 Main Street.
STAFF TO BOARD OF ZONING APPEALS - FORM BASED CODES
Zoning Administrator: Brian Cook
Deputy Zoning Administrator: Rachel Bailey
For more information contact Zoning at 803-545-3333.
The Board of Zoning Appeals – Form Based Codes shall hear and decide appeals when it is alleged that there is error in any order, requirement, decision or determination made by the zoning administrator or the consolidated review committee in the enforcement of this article when the property is governed by a form based code established pursuant to S.C. Code 1976, § 6-29-760, which shall be identified by city council as being subject to the BZA-FBC in the PUD ordinance or the zoning ordinance establishing the base zoning, provided that those appeals must be taken within 30 days after the order, requirement, decision or determination which is alleged to be in error is made.
The Board of Zoning Appeals may grant a variance to certain provisions of a Form Based Code where a literal enforcement of the provisions of the Form Based Code would result in an individual case of unnecessary hardship, provided that the spirit of the Zoning Ordinance shall be observed, public safety and welfare secured, and substantial justice done (17-112 (2)a.1.). See Chapter 17, Article III, Division 4, Section 17-113 through 115 of the City Code for a complete description of the variance process.
Applications and other necessary documents are available below. For more information contact Zoning at 803-545-3333.