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And then there were three: The Cleveland Board of Zoning Appeals is down to just three active members out of five seats. On June 12, Board Secretary Liz Kukla announced that former chair Kelley Britt retired. In this meeting, Kukla confirmed the departure of Terri Hamilton Brown. Brown is serving as the city’s interim director of Economic Development. With only three board members available, approvals to vary from the city zoning code require all three members to vote in favor. Otherwise, the request is considered denied, Kukla said. Appellants can request that the board postpone their cases until new members join. Board officials said they plan to add at least a fourth member within the next month.

Want to learn more about zoning? Check out this introduction to Cleveland zoning by City Planning’s Matt Moss.

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Doug, a Cleveland Documenter since 2020, has been a copy editor and reporter. His work includes: The Pace of Passage about how quickly Cleveland City Council passes legislation; a look at the challenges of the city’s Exterior Home Paint program; and University Circle Police Department’s complaint-review process. Doug has also written explainers and guides and launched #CLEDocsAnswers, which answers questions Documenters have about local government.