Board of Zoning Appeals
- 6 pm
- Albany Community Development Agency
200 Henry Johnson Boulevard
Albany, NY 12210
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak and the moratorium on public gatherings, meetings will be held via YouTube until further notice.
2021 Meeting Dates*
|January 13 W||April 14 W||July 14 W||October 13 W|
|January 27 M||April 28 M||July 28 M||October 27 M|
|February 10 W||May 12 W||August 11 W||November 10 W|
|February 24 M||May 26 M||August 25 M||December 8 M|
|March 10 W||June 9 W||September 8 W|
|March 24 M||June 23 M||September 22 M|
Agendas & Minutes
Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
The Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) consists of seven members appointed by the Mayor for a three year term. The presence of four members constitutes a quorum of the Board, and the concurring vote of four members is required to carry out any action.
- Richard Berkley, Chair - Expires 12/31/22
- Martin Daley - Expires 12/31/20
- Adriana Le Blan - Expires 12/31/21
- Paige A. Barnum - Expires 12/31/20
- Serena Joyce White-Lake - Expires 12/31/21
- Ricja Rice - Expires 12/31/20
- Jeffrey Quain - Expires 12/31/23
The BZA is empowered to hear and decide appeals, and interpret provisions for applicants exhibiting a challenge to City officials issuing orders, decisions or requirements under the City's Unified Sustainable Development Ordinance (USDO). The BZA independently provides a forum for applicants and/or representatives to appeal their case for a variance, pursuant to Section 81 of New York State General City Law.
Development Review Process
All development projects proposed in Albany must comply with the City's USDO. The USDO, in coordination with the Albany 2030 Comprehensive Plan, includes zoning code updates and a streamlined, user-friendly process that aim to secure successful (re)development in the City.
The BZA holds public hearings to decide appeals or interpret provisions of the USDO, that impact applicants requesting a change of use or other relief from USDO permitted regulations.