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In April 1978 the Saline County Board of Zoning Appeals was created by the Board of County Commissioners. The Board consists of five members. Regular meetings are not scheduled, the Chairman of the Board schedules meetings as applications are submitted. Unless otherwise publicly announced, all meetings are held in Room 107 of the City-County Government Building, 300 W. Ash, Salina. The first meeting after April 1st of each year is designated as the annual meeting at which time officers for the coming year are elected. All meetings of the Board of Zoning Appeals are open to the public and the news media. Minutes of all the meetings are available for public view and use. Board of Zoning Appeals members are appointed by the Board of County Commissioners to a term of office for three years. In the event that a Board member resigns, a successor is appointed for the remainder of the term.

The Board of Zoning Appeals has three important duties. One is to hear and decide appeals where it is alleged there is an error with respect to the interpretation or application of the regulations made by the Zoning Administrator. Secondly, the Board is to hear and pass judgement upon applications for a variance from the Zoning Regulations. Third, hear and decide all matters referred to it upon which it is required to act by the Zoning Regulations.