Zoning Board of Adjustment

Responsibilities & Purpose

Establishment of ZBA is required under North Carolina law for each municipality that enforces zoning regulations. The powers and duties of the ZBA, like the ABC Commission, are outlined in state statutes. The ZBA is established as a "quasi-judicial" administrative Board that operates on a level between the enforcement officials of the Town of Black Mountain and the courts. 

The purpose of the ZBA is to hear and decide appeals from and review any order, requirement, decision, or determination made by an administrative official charged with enforcement of an ordinance adopted pursuant to the land use regulations adopted by the Town of Black Mountain. In addition, under the provisions of the Town's zoning regulations, the ZBA is responsible for the issuance of Conditional Use Permits.


  • 6 p.m.
  • The 3rd Thursday of each month
  • Town Hall
    160 Midland Avenue
    Black Mountain, NC 28711

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to meetings. Minutes are available following approval. Archived minutes are available dating back to 2012. 

To request copies of agendas, meeting materials, minutes and minutes prior to 2012 please email Jennifer Tipton or contact by phone at 828-419-9300, ext. 373.


The Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) consists of 5 members each serving a 3-year term and 3 alternate members without expiring terms:

  • Cheryl Milton, Chair
    Term Expires: July 2021
  • John DeWitt, Co-Chair
    Tern Expires: July 2022
  • Ted Mattson
    Term Expires: July 2022
  • Rebecca Harris
    Term Expires: July 2020
  • Robert Osmundsen
    Term Expires: July 2022


  • Janet McKimpson, 1st Alternate
  • Charlotte McRaine, 2nd Alternate
  • Vacant, 3rd Alternate

Members must be full-time residents within the corporate limits of Black Mountain. Any vacancy in the membership shall be filled by the first alternate member, who shall serve the remainder of the unexpired term. The Board of Aldermen appoints the members of the ZBA.


The ZBA conducts their hearings in accordance with judicial rules of procedure. ZBA decisions can be publicly unpopular as rulings of the Board of Aldermen must be made based upon strict interpretation of applicable laws and not upon public opinion or desire.

Please note that communication with any member is subject to North Carolina General Statutes 160A-388(e)(2) and may affect the Board of Adjustment's ability to hear your case.

Application Hearing Deadline

Deadlines for turning in applications to be heard before the Board of Adjustment must be turned in to the Zoning Administrator by the 30th of each month to be heard the following month.