Board of Adjustment

NOTICE:  The Town of Boone Board of Adjustment currently has three open positions.  All interested persons (who must live in the Town of Boone corporate limits) may apply online here.   Please feel free to call or email  Jane Shook, Director of Planning and Inspections, with any questions (828-268-6960 or


The Board of Adjustment (BOA) is a quasi-judicial body that acts on specified appeals, variances, major subdivision preliminary plat approval, and special-use permit requests. Except for major subdivision preliminary plat approval, a decision by the Board constitutes the final decision of the Town.  

Please review the Town of Boone Unified Development Ordinance, Article 2 Administrative Mechanisms (Sections 2.03 & 2.05), and Article 6 Quasi-Judicial Hearings for more information about the BOA.


The BOA consists of five (5) regular members and three (3) alternate members appointed by Town Council for 3-year terms.   All members shall be residents of the Town of Boone.

Alternates shall serve on the Board in the absence or temporary disqualification of any regular member or fill a vacancy pending the appointment of a regular member. When serving in place of a regular member, an alternate member shall have all the powers and duties of a regular member.  

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Powers and Duties

The BOA is a quasi-judicial body that shall hear and decide:

  1. Appeals from any order, decision, requirement, interpretation, or determination made by the Administrator, as provided in Article 6 Board of Adjustment Hearings.
  2. Applications for special-use permits, as provided in Article 6 Board of Adjustment Hearings.
  3. Applications for variances, as provided in Article 6 Board of Adjustment Hearings.
  4. Applications for major subdivision preliminary plat approval, as provided in Article 6 Board of Adjustment Hearings.
  5. Appeals of the grant or denial of an application for a Certificate of Appropriateness by the Historic Preservation Commission.
  6. Any other matter the Board is required to act upon by any other Town Ordinance or State law.


  • 5:30 pm
  • 1st Thursday of every month
  • The BOA is currently meeting virtually through WebEx, a video-conferencing software.  Please contact the Planning & Inspections Department by email ( or by phone (828-268-6960) for more information on how to watch or participate in the BOA meetings. 
  • 2023 Town of Boone Meeting Calendar (PDF)

Rules of Procedure

The BOA's Rules of Procedure, together with the provisions of the Town of Boone Unified Development Ordinance (“UDO”), govern the operation of the Board of Adjustment.  

These rules also are designed to answer questions from people who are unfamiliar with the Board’s processes in order to provide more predictability and therefore more timely processing of applications. They are an attempt to make the procedures more predictable and understandable, to address certain details of the Board’s operation, to create uniform methods for dealing with recurring questions which arise during hearings before the Board, to provide guidance to people who appear before the Board so they can better prepare for Board hearings, and to facilitate the efficient administration of matters which come before the Board. 

The Town Council has given the Board the power to adopt these rules, and they are binding on participants in cases before the Board. However, if there is ever a conflict between the provisions in these rules and the UDO or state law, the UDO and state law always controls. 

Board of Adjustment Rules of Procedure (PDF)

Board of Adjustment Legal Representation Guidance (PDF)

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

View Most Recent Agendas and Minutes

BOA Public Hearings/Quasi-Judicial Meeting Dates - 2023

All BOA meetings are open to the public, and anyone interested can attend any of the BOA's meetings. Public Hearings by the BOA are held during their Quasi-Judicial session. 

On this page, you will find Meeting Date Tables in Section 1., and Resources in Section 2. 

The HPC currently meets virtually using video conferencing software, WebEx. For more information, see Section 3 below.

1. Meeting Date Tables


January 5, 2023February 2, 2023March 2, 2023April 6, 2023May 4, 2023June 1, 2023


November 15, 2022December 12, 2022January 12, 2023February 17, 2023March 16, 2023April 14, 2023
MEETING PACKETThe meeting packet will be made available on the Town of Boone Meeting Portal approximately one week before the meeting date. 


July 6, 2023August 3, 2023September 7, 2023October 5, 2023November 2, 2023December 7, 2023


May 17, 2023June 14, 2023July 21, 2023August 17, 2023September 15, 2023October 17, 2023
MEETING PACKETThe meeting packet will be made available on the Town of Boone Meeting Portal approximately one week before the meeting date. 

2. Resources

Interested in Parcel Information

Please use the interactive zoning map maintained by the Town's GIS system to look up parcel location.

Information about the Public Hearing Packet

The public hearing packet containing details for each case will be published one week before the meeting and can be viewed/downloaded on the Town of Boone meeting portal accessed through the following link: Town of Boone Meeting Portal. 

To view the packet use the options on the portal screen to select the Board of Adjustment in the drop-down menu or scroll to the meeting date to view the packet information.  

Questions about the Meeting Dates

Please see the Town of Boone Planning & Inspections Meeting Schedule provided as a PDF.  

3. Attending Virtually Through WebEx

For those interested in attending this meeting, please contact Jane Shook ( to receive a WebEx invite to the meeting.  

Current Roster

Please note BOA members are not allowed to discuss any case before them outside of the hearing (what the courts' term ex parte communication).  An ex parte communication occurs when a Board member discusses with any other person, including another Board member, party, or staff of the Planning Department, the substance or merits of a case outside the hearing and before the decision in the case is announced.

Board MembersAppointedTerm Expires# of terms
Vacant-Regular Member
David Welsh- Vice Chair5/09/20196/30/20223rd 
Pam Williamson- Board Member6/20/20196/30/20252nd
Barbara Yale-Read- Board Member5/20/20216/30/20241st
Vacant- Regular Member
Joan Brook- Alternate Member9/16/20216/30/20241st
Benjamin Ray- Alternate Member10/21/20216/30/20231st
Vacant- Alternate Member