A spot has opened up on a York County board that grants appeals regarding land-use violations.
York County’s roughly 108 square miles are split into 16 land-use zones, from rural residential to industrial to waterfront commercial.
Each zone comes with standards and regulations on how the land can be used. If a citizen violates a zoning ordinance, he or she can appeal it to Board of Zoning/Subdivision Appeals, who decides whether to grant a variance to the zoning requirement, thereby allowing the citizen to continue using the land as before.
Five members of the board volunteer their time once a month to hear cases and are appointed by the York-Poquoson Circuit Court judge.
A member is appointed for a five-year term, and there is no limit to the number of terms a member can serve.
The alternate seat on the board was vacated by Andrew McKinley, who decided not to reapply for another term, a York County spokesperson said.