Board of Zoning Adjustment

  • 7 p.m.
  • First Thursday each month
  • County Administration Building
    201 N. 2nd St.
    St. Charles, MO 63301
Agendas & Minutes
Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
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  • Gerald L. Prinster, Chair
    Term Expires: April 30, 2017
  • David Bauer, Vice Chairman
    Term Expires: April 30, 2016
  • Kevin DeSain, Secretary
    Term Expires: April 30, 2019
  • Catherine Dreher
    Term Expires: April 30, 2018

  • Vicki LaRose
    Term Expires: April 30, 2020
  • Robert Boschert, Alternate
    Term Expires: April 30, 2017
  • Robert Sundermeyer, Alternate
    Term Expires: April 30, 2019
About the Board
The County Executive appoints 5 members to serve a 4-year term. No more than 2 shall be residents of incorporated areas of St. Charles County. 

The Board of Zoning Adjustment shall hear and decide appeals to any provision contained in Chapter 405 of the Unified Development Ordinance “Zoning Regulations” from property owners or their representatives who demonstrate undue and unnecessary hardship specific to their lot or tract; when an error of law has been made by an administrative official in the enforcement of the Ordinance; or when appealing any decision of the Director of the Division of Planning and Zoning.
Under Section 405.630 (BZA Duties/Powers) of the Unified Development Ordinance, the BZA may authorize a variance from strict application of a specific development standard when the applicant convincingly proves that: 

(1)   An extraordinary or exceptional situation or condition applies to the property in question, such as exceptional narrowness, shallowness, shape, or topography; and

(2)   Strict application of the specified standard would unreasonably deprive the property owner from use of the property due to either peculiar and exceptional difficulties, or exceptional and demonstrable undue hardship on the owner; and 

(3)   Provided that relief can be granted without substantially impairing the intent, purpose, or integrity of the regulations of the Unified Development Ordinance and maps.

In case of unnecessary or undue hardship, due to a peculiar characteristic of a specific lot or tract, the board may issue a variance, signed by the Chairperson, and set out the terms or conditions of the variance.

In no case shall the Board of Zoning Adjustment issue a variance permitting a use to be placed in a district in which it is not permitted in this Chapter or Chapter 410. In no case shall the board decide an appeal from a legislative action of the County Council.