Zoning Hearing Board

Board Composition

The Board shall have the functions and powers prescribed by law. In accordance with the provisions of Article IX of the Municipalities Planning Code, the Board shall:

Hear and decide appeals where it is alleged by the appellant that the Building Inspector/Zoning Officer has failed to follow prescribed procedures or has misinterpreted or misapplied any provision of this chapter or the Zoning Map or any valid rule or regulation governing the action of the Building Inspector/Zoning Officer.

Hear requests for variances where it is alleged that the provisions of this chapter inflict unnecessary hardship upon the applicant subject to the standards prescribed by law and contained in § 181-109, effective period of decisions, of this article.

Hear and decide requests for special exceptions where this chapter states that a special exception may be granted or denied by the Board in accordance with express standards and criteria contained in this chapter.

Hear challenges to the validity of this chapter or to the Zoning Map which properly come before the Board in accordance with the Planning Code and shall take evidence, decide contested questions of fact, make findings and make a record thereof, as prescribed by said Code and by this chapter.

Hear unified appeals relating to any Borough ordinance, which appeals are brought before the Board in conjunction with a zoning matter over which the Board has jurisdiction in accordance with the requirements of § 913.1 of the Planning Code.

The Zoning Hearing Board has five members and a Zoning Hearing Board Solicitor. These members have 5 year terms.


Robert Hudson – Chair (2018)
Noah Marlier, Rudolph Clarke – Solicitor
Penelope Cutler (2014)
Belinda Hull (2017)
Vince McCabe (2016)

More Information

For more information about the Zoning Hearing Board, head to this section of the Ecode (Jenkintown Borough Online Code):