Zoning Board of Appeals


The Schenectady Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) is a seven member citizen board appointed by the Mayor and City Council. The Board of Zoning Appeals is granted two appellate functions: the review of applications for use and area variances, and the power to render interpretations of the zoning regulations. The BZA has the authority to review the following:

  • Area Variances: requests for dimensional relief from existing regulations relating to building setbacks, building heights, etc.
  • Use Variances: requests for relief from existing regulations to allow for uses not permitted by current zoning.
  • Interpretations: requests for interpretation of the regulations in the zoning ordinance made by the City’s Zoning / Code Officer.

(BZA) Members

  • James Gleason, Chair
  • David Connelly, Vice Chair
  • Fred Clark
  • Mary D'Alessandro-Gilmore
  • Brendan Keller
  • Helene Lester
  • Mary Zawacki

City Staff