Board of Zoning Adjustment

  • 7 p.m.
  • First Thursday each month
  • County Administration Building
    201 N. 2nd St.
    St. Charles, MO 63301
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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.”

The Board of Zoning Adjustment may hear a request for a variance from a non-use regulation herein contained as applied to a specific lot or tract, and render a decision on that request. In order to provide relief where the conditions of a property prevent development consistent with the intents or purposes of the applicable zoning regulations, the Board of Zoning Adjustment may vary the strict application of a non-use regulation upon appeal by the owner of a specific piece of property if that property owner proves that:

  1. The variance is requested due to unique circumstances inherent to the specific piece of property and not to personal considerations of the property owner; and
  2. The variance is not needed as the result of an affirmative act of the property owner that could have been avoided through a different course of action; and
  3. The variance would not merely grant a special benefit to the property beyond what is enjoyed by other properties regulated by the same set of zoning regulations; and
  4. The application of such non-use regulation would result in practical difficulties to the property owner. In determining whether "practical difficulties" exist, relevant factors to consider include whether, or to what degree, the owner can pursue the permitted use without a variance; the financial hardship to the property owner from the strict application of the regulation; how substantial the variance request is in relation to the regulation; whether the difficulty can be obviated by some method other than a variance; and whether such relief can be granted without substantial detriment to the public good and without substantially impairing the intent, purpose and integrity of the zoning regulations as embodied in the Unified Development Ordinance and maps.
If the Board of Zoning Adjustment determines that the above required standards are met, 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: Subdivision Regulations of the Unified Development Ordinance

In no case shall the board decide an appeal from a legislative action of the County Council.