Board of Adjustment

Meetings

The Board of Adjustment meets on call when petitions for variances or appeals are filed. By law, they are required to give public notice 15 days in advance of a hearing detailing the variance or appeal requested. While not required by law, it is Des Peres’ practice to notify the adjoining property owners located within 200 feet by first class mail of any petitions for variances. To view agendas, please click here.


Members


The Board of Adjustment, as required by State Statute, is a five member group of lay citizens with unique powers and duties. By state law, the City appoints five regular members and three alternates who serve only in the absence of a regular member. By State law, actions taken by the Board of Adjustment require four affirmative voters from among the five member panel which considers the petition.

Overview


Their primary duties are to consider appeals from decisions of the Director of Public Works on building and zoning enforcement and to consider requests for variances from the strict enforcement of the City’s zoning, sign, and subdivision ordinances. Petitioners must prove that either an error has been made by a City Official in interpreting the City’s requirements, or that an unusual circumstance exists for granting an exception to the rules. On a request for a variance for strict application of a zoning regulation, the Board of Adjustment must determine whether the applicant has demonstrated "practical difficulties or unnecessary hardship in the way of carrying out the strict letter of the zoning regulation."

Each matter is uniquely considered as based on the evidence presented at the formal Board Hearing. This is a quasi-judicial forum requiring that all evidence be provided under oath, that a transcript of the proceedings is made and preserved, and that the members consider only the evidence presented at the hearing to arrive at their decision. Decisions of the Board of Adjustment are final, are not reviewable by the Board of Aldermen, and may be appealed only to the Circuit Court by any party with standing. 


Standing Members


Members Wards Term Expiration
Marilyn Chapman Ward One May 31, 2020
Pat Walsh Ward One May 31, 2022
Ray Griesedieck Ward Two May 31, 2021
Ron Arcese Ward Two June 30, 2019
Joe Mueller Ward Two May 31, 2018
Alderman Raczkiewicz Aldermanic Rep June 1st, 2018

Alternate Members


Members Wards Term Expiration
Larry Quick Ward Three May 31, 2021
Jim Wilder Ward One May 31, 2018