The Village of New Athens has a number of advisory boards and commissions comprised of volunteers from within the community who serve without compensation. Generally, these commissions make recommendations to the Mayor and Village Trustees regarding actions and policies affecting municipal government, village departments, and the community.
A planning commission is a group of appointed officials which oversees village planning. These officials are charged with controlling growth, promoting economic health, and improving the quality of life for all citizens.
The impact of the public on a planning commission is very important. Members of the public are encouraged to submit their views, in the form of letters and testimony before the commission. Public meetings are held so that the planning commission works in transparency, and the opinion of the public is actively solicited. Planning Commission meetings are scheduled as required, and open to the public.
Members of the Planning Commission are appointed to an annual term by the Village President.
The Planning Commission is responsible to review all applications for special use permits, amendments to the text and amendments to the official zoning map for the Village of New Athens, as outlined in Chapter 40, of the Municipal Code, commonly known as the Zoning Code, and to make recommendations to the Village Board of Trustees on such applications.
The Zoning Board of Appeals hears appeals for denials issued by the Building Administrator, that are contrary to the Zoning Code of the Village of New Athens. Such appeals may result in the issuance of a Variations to the Zoning Code, thereby allowing for construction which has been denied.
Applications for Variations can be obtained at the Village Hall.
Members of the Zoning Board of Appeals are appointed by the Village President to 5-year terms.
The Zoning Board of Appeals is responsible to review all applications for an appeal and variations to Chapter 40, of the Municipal Code, commonly known as the Zoning Code, and to make recommendations to the Village Board of Trustees on such applications
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