Board of Zoning Appeals


  • 6:30 p.m.
  • 3rd Wednesday of the month
  • Council Chambers


The City of Morgantown YouTube channel livestreams BZA meetings, and they are archived for later viewing.

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

View Most Recent Agendas and Minutes


Name Term Expires
Heidi Cook December 31, 2023
Chris Benison - Chair December 31, 2023
Logan Shamberger December 31, 2024
Gabe DeWitt December 31, 2024
VACANT (Alternate) December 31, 2024
William Plyler  December 31, 2025

Public Participation

Members of the public may participate in an existing case before the Board of Zoning Appeals in several ways:
  • Provide a written submission (evidence such as reports, photographs, etc.) while the record is open. Evidence supporting the granting or denial of an application may be submitted to the Office of the Planning Division up to 5 days prior to the public meeting. Written evidence submitted after the deadline can not be considered by the BZA unless there is board finds that good cause exists to admit additional evidence at the time of the hearing.
  • Provide written comments for the public hearing. Written comments may be submitted to the Office of the Planning Division prior to the public meeting OR by presenting them to the BZA Chair at the hearing. Written comments that are lengthy but not considered evidence can be submitted up to 5 days prior to the public meeting to allow ample time to distribute them to members of the BZA with sufficient time for review.
  • Offer testimony during the public hearing portion at the BZA meeting. All speakers are limited to 5 minutes. If there is a large number of speakers, including many who are part of groups or organizations, the BZA Chairperson may, to avoid repetitive comments, elect to ask a representative to speak on behalf of the group or organization.


To uphold the integrity of the zoning ordinance while hearing and deciding upon applications for variances, conditional use permits, and administrative appeals with meaningful citizen input and technical support from the Morgantown Planning Department.