Bartonville accepting applications for boards, commissions

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The town of Bartonville is now accepting applications from residents who wish to be appointed to serve on several town boards and commissions.

Residents are needed to serve on the Bartonville Community Development Corp., Crime Control & Prevention District, Board of Adjustment and Planning & Zoning Commission, according to a news release from the town. The deadline to apply to serve on these board is Aug. 9. Applications are available at Bartonville Town Hall, 1941 East Jeter Road, and they can be completed online here.

Appointments will be made by the Town Council no later than the third Tuesday in August. The effective term begins Oct. 1 for all new and re-appointed Board and Commission members.

Listed below is more information about each board, courtesy of the town.

Bartonville Community Development Corp. (BCDC) 

Seven-member board; serves two-year terms. Meetings: 6:30 p.m. on the second Monday or Wednesday (as needed)

The BCDC is a non-profit, tax exempt Texas Corporation created in 2002  by the citizens to provide the adoption of one-quarter percent sales and use tax dedicated to community development.   BCDC Funds can only be used for authorized categories under Section 4B of the Development Corporation Act. The town has a limited amount of property zoned for commercial business. It is the BCDC’s objective to support existing businesses and to attract the types of businesses that meet the vision and standards desired by the community, while increasing the sales tax and ad valorem tax revenue to the town’s general fund, in turn, keeping property taxes low.

Crime Control & Prevention District (BCCPD)

Seven-member board; serves two-year terms. Meetings: As needed.

The BCCPD is a special purpose district that was created in May 2010 by a vote of the citizens to provide the adoption of a one-quarter percent sales and use tax to finance the district. The purpose of the District is to enhance the capability of law enforcement and to further crime prevention programs through the acquisition of personnel, new equipment and technology for the police department.  The Board establishes the annual budget and policies, oversees expenditures and evaluates programs funded by the district.

Board of Adjustment

Nine-member board, requires five regular members and up to four alternate members; serves two-year terms. Meetings: As needed.

The Board of Adjustment (BOA) hears and decides an appeal that alleges error in an order, requirement, decision, or determination made by an administrative official regarding the zoning ordinance; hears and decides special exceptions to the terms of the zoning ordinance; Authorizes, in specific cases, a variance from the terms of the zoning ordinance if the variance is not contrary to the public interest and, due to special conditions, a literal enforcement of the zoning ordinance would result in unnecessary hardship, so the spirit of the zoning ordinance is observed and substantial justice is done.

Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z)

Seven-member board, requires five regular members and two alternate members; serves two-year terms. Meetings: first Wednesday

The P&Z makes recommendations to the Town Council regarding land use issues – primarily zoning, gas well drilling and subdivision plat requests. In addition, the Commission is charged with deliberating the merits of changes to the Zoning Ordinance, offering amendments and updates to the Comprehensive Master Plan and considering other items related to the physical development of Bartonville.

The P&Z considers and makes recommendations to the Town Council regarding development applications, zoning requests, the comprehensive zoning ordinance and the comprehensive plan.

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