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(A) An appeal from any decision or order of the Inspector is a quasi-judicial matter and may be taken by any person aggrieved thereby or by any officer, board, or commission of the Town of Newport. Any appeal from the Inspector shall be taken within ten days from the rendering of the decision or service of the order by filing with the Inspector and with the Board of Adjustment a notice of appeal that shall specify the grounds upon which the appeal is based. Upon the filing of any notice of appeal, the Inspector shall forthwith transmit to the Board all the papers constituting the record upon which the decision appealed from was made. When an appeal is from a decision of the Inspector refusing to allow the person aggrieved thereby to do any act, the decision remains in force until modified or reversed. When any appeal is from a decision of the Inspector requiring the person aggrieved to do any act, the appeal has the effect of suspending the requirement until the hearing by the Board, unless the Inspector certifies to the Board, after the notice of appeal is filed with the Inspector, that because of facts stated in the certificate, a copy of which shall be furnished to the appellant, a suspension of the requirement would cause imminent peril to life or property. In that case the requirement is not suspended except by a restraining order, which may be granted for due cause shown upon not less than one day's written notice to the Inspector, by the Board, or by a court of record upon petition made pursuant to G.S. § 160D-1208(a).
(B) The Board shall fix a reasonable time for the hearing of all appeals, shall file due notice to all the parties, and shall render its decision within a reasonable time. Any party may appear in person or by agent or attorney. If by attorney, the Board may request the presence of the Town Attorney. The Board may reverse or affirm, wholly or partly, or may modify the decision or order appealed from, and may make such decision and order as in its opinion ought to be made in the matter, and to that end it shall have all the powers of the Inspector, but the concurring vote of the majority of the members of the Board shall be necessary to reverse or modify any decision or order of the Inspector. The Board shall have power also in passing upon appeals, in any case where there are practical difficulties or unnecessary hardships in the way of carrying out the strict letter of this chapter, to adapt the application of this chapter to the necessities of the case to the end that the spirit of this chapter shall be observed, public safety and welfare secured, and substantial justice done.
(C) Every decision of the Board shall be subject to review by proceedings in the nature of certiorari instituted within 15 days of the decision of the Board, but not otherwise.
(1991 Code, § 8-51) (Ord. passed 8-3-1982; Ord. 2021-01, passed 6-14-2021)