SECTION 5.3  BOARD OF BUILDING AND ZONING APPEALS.
   5.31  Composition.  A Board of Building and Zoning Appeals, consisting of five (5) electors, shall be appointed by the Mayor for terms of five (5) years each.
   Of the Board members first appointed by the Mayor, one (1) shall be appointed for a term of five (5) years; one (1) shall be appointed for a term of four (4) years; one (1) shall be appointed for a term of three (3) years; one (1) shall be appointed for a term of two (2) years; and one (1) shall be appointed for a term of one (1) year.  Thereafter, appointments shall be made annually at the termination of each member’s term of office, and each appointment shall be for a term of five (5) years.
   In the event of the death, resignation or removal of any of the Board members, the Mayor shall, forthwith, appoint a new member to fill the unexpired term left vacant.
   5.32  Duties and Responsibilities.  The Board of Building and Zoning Appeals shall meet at the call of a chairman elected by its members from the membership of the Board, and it shall hear and determine appeals except as provided herein.  It may grant exceptions to or variations from zoning ordinances or building codes in individual cases to alleviate hardship and to promote justice to property owners. 
   Decisions of the Board of Building and Zoning Appeals shall be based upon facts set forth in writing which shall become a part of the public record.
   The Board of Building and Zoning Appeals may submit to the Planning and Zoning Commission, at any public hearing, recommendations for changes in zoning or building ordinances.
   The Board of Building and Zoning Appeals does not have administrative authority to determine or grant changes to permitted uses in zoning districts that have not been approved by public vote as defined by Section 5.15 and 6.2 of the Charter of the City of Willoughby Hills.
(Amended 11-4-08)
   5.33  Finality of Decisions.  Decisions of the Board of Building and Zoning Appeals shall be final within the Municipality, except that an appeal therefrom may be taken to any court of record in accordance with the laws of the State of Ohio, by any proper and interested party including the Municipality.