County seeks two for Board of Adjustments vacancy

Sheboygan County Administrator Adam Payne is seeking interested persons residing in the unincorporated (rural) communities of the Towns of Greenbush, Holland, Lima, Lyndon, Mitchell, Scott, Sherman, Wilson, Town of Sheboygan, or Town of Sheboygan Falls to apply for two vacant positions on the Sheboygan County Board of Adjustments to serve a three year term.

The Board of Adjustments is an independent quasi-judicial body in County government. It reviews and decides appeals to the County’s Planning & Conservation Department and Airport Department in conjunction with the administration of sanitary, shoreland, floodplain, nonmetallic mining, and airport height limitation ordinances. The Board of Adjustments may also grant special exceptions or variances to ordinances where literal enforcement of the ordinances would result in unnecessary hardship.

A candidate for the Board of Adjustments must be a qualified elector and resident in any of the unincorporated (rural) areas of Sheboygan County, however no two members may be from the same township. Current Board members reside in the Towns of Herman, Mosel, Plymouth, Rhine, and Russell. Individuals interested in applying for the vacancy must not reside in any of those townships. Board of Adjustments members receive mileage reimbursement and a per diem for meetings and field inspections.

A candidate for the Board of Adjustments should be capable of critical analysis, make independent decisions, conscientiously apply unprejudiced standards to a variety of zoning and land use situations, and adhere to rules and regulations pertaining to conduct and operation of the Board of Adjustments. Although a candidate does not need specific legal, zoning, or conservation knowledge, some awareness or interest in zoning and land use matters would be beneficial. Board of Adjustments members will have the opportunity to attend training sessions that are held throughout the state.

The Board of Adjustments holds meetings the third Wednesday of the month when hearings are scheduled, beginning at 1 p.m. at the Sheboygan County Administration Building. The Board of Adjustments meets on average three times per year. In addition, each member must participate in scheduled field inspections of the properties in question at 9 a.m. the Saturday before the meeting.

The County Administrator makes the Board of Adjustments appointments which are confirmed by the County Board. Applicants should send a letter of interest and brief resume or biography to the attention of County Administrator Adam Payne at the Sheboygan County Administration Building, 508 New York Avenue, Sheboygan, WI 53081. Applications must be received no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, July 6th. Appointments will be confirmed by the County Board at their July 17, 2018 meeting for a three-year term ending June 30, 2021.


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