2.16.060   Powers—Variance authority.
   The board of adjustment shall have the following powers:
   A.   To hear and decide appeals where it is alleged there is error in any order, requirement, decision or determination made by an administrative official in the enforcement of the building regulations or zoning ordinances;
   B.   To hear and recommend special exceptions to the terms of the ordinances or regulations upon which such board is required to pass under such ordinances or regulation;
   C.   To recommend upon appeal in specific cases such variance from the terms of the ordinance as will not be contrary to the public interest where, owing to special conditions, a literal enforcement of the provisions of the ordinance or regulation will result in unnecessary hardship,  and so that the spirit of the ordinance shall be observed and substantial justice done.
   However, any decision made by the board of adjustment to grant special exceptions to the regulations, ordinances or land use plan of the city or to authorize variances from the terms of the ordinances shall be in the form of an advisory recommendation to the city council who shall reserve to itself the power to make the final decision granting exceptions to or authorizing variances from the regulations, ordinances or land use plan of the city.
(Ord.  354 § 1(part),  1978: Ord. 326 § 3(d),  1975).