Board of Zoning Appeals


  • The Board of Zoning Appeals generally meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 7:00 pm
  • Historic Courthouse
    17 Church Street
    Mathews, VA 23109


  • William S. Small, Chair
    P.O. Box 657
    North, VA 23128
    Phone: 804-725-4002
    Email William S Small
    Term expires: March 2022
  • Peter Clendenin
    P.O. Box 125
    98 Golden View
    Hallieford, VA 23068
    Phone: 804-725-1930
    Email Peter Clendenin
    Term expires: March 2023
  • William Story
    P.O. Box 117
    Hudgins, VA 23076
    Phone: 804-725-9134
    Email William Story
    Term expires: June 2024
  • Sue Thomas
    P.O. Box 710
    North, VA 23128
    Phone: 804-815-6116
    Email Sue Thomas
    Term expires: August 2026
  • Tim Doss
    P.O. Box 549
    Port Haywood, VA  23138
    (To fill the unexpired term of VandenBout)
    Term expires: March 2025


The Board of Zoning Appeals is a five-member body appointed by the Circuit Court based upon recommendation of The Board of Supervisors. Terms of members is five (5) years and they must be County residents.

The BZA has jurisdiction to hear three types of matters:  variances, appeals, and interpretations of the zoning map. 

  • A variance is an instance where the ordinance is relaxed in order to reduce a hardship.  There are specific criteria, outlined in state code, that allow for the issuance of a variance. 
  • Any person aggrieved with a decision of the zoning director may appeal that decision to the BZA. 
  • If there is any uncertainty as to the location of a district boundary on the official zoning map, a citizen may apply to the BZA for an interpretation of the zoning district boundary. 
  • Following a public hearing, the BZA decides to approve or deny the request, which is final, unless the aggrieved files a petition with the Circuit Court.

Related Code & Ordinances