Board of Zoning Appeals

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COVID-19 Update 

In accordance with the Emergency Ordinance to effectuate temporary changes in certain deadlines and to modify public meeting and public hearing practices and procedures to address continuity of operations associated with pandemic disaster, readopted on February 23, 2021, the public will not be able to physically attend the Board of Zoning Appeals meeting.  The public is encouraged to participate and express their views electronically by emailing comments to, or by calling in during the public hearing at: 540-437-2687.

The agenda will be posted at the week prior to the Board of Zoning Appeals meeting. 

Interested parties may watch the Board of Zoning Appeals meeting, including the public hearing, on Public Education Government Channel 3 or on the City’s website.

Prior to the meeting, questions may be directed to Zoning staff at 540-432-7700.

Board Description

The Board of Zoning Appeals is a quasi-judicial board who are sworn in by the Circuit Court to serve a five year term. The function of the BZA is to hear and decide appeals from any decision or determination made by and zoning administrator and to authorize variances from the laws set forth in the Zoning Ordinance. The responsibilities of the Board of Zoning Appeals are in the City Code Section 10-3-132 through 10-3-140.

Individuals interested in deviating from the requirements of the Zoning Ordinance (not to include use changes) or interested in appealing a decision of the Zoning Administrator may request such action and apply to the Board of Zoning Appeals.



Five years - two successive.


Public Hearing Notices

Upcoming public hearing notices are available on the City's Public Hearing webpage



Agenda and Minutes 

Planning Commission Meeting Videos

Board of Zoning Appeals Meeting Agendas and Minutes 



Meeting Date/Time/Location
The BZA meets as needed on the first Monday of the month at 4:00pm at the City Council Chambers (409 South Main Street). 

PDF[95KB] 2020 BZA Meeting Dates and Application Deadlines

PDF[95KB] 2021 BZA Meeting Dates and Application Deadlines 


*See COVID-19 UPDATE at top of this page for cancelled meetings. 


Board Members Term Term Expiration
Matthew Phillippi, Chair 2nd 3-20-23
Thomas Jenkins 2nd 3-20-24
Patrick Ressler  1st 5-26-25
Glen Stoltzfus 2nd 3-20-22
Jim Orndoff, Planning Commission Representative Tenure of Office




Questions or Comments?  Mail to City of Harrisonburg, Office of City Manager, Attn: (Board Member), 409 South Main Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22801.



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