Pickerington Board of Zoning Appeals members no longer will be appointed to lifelong terms following action last week by Pickerington City Council.

Pickerington Board of Zoning Appeals members no longer will be appointed to lifelong terms following action last week by Pickerington City Council.

Council April 17 unanimously approved the final reading of legislation to reduce lifetime appointments to the city's BZA to six-year terms.

"This is just an ordinance to (reduce) terms for members of the board of zoning appeals to six years, which will match the (Pickerington) Planning and Zoning Commission," said Councilman Brian Sauer.

Last month, council introduced a proposal to reduce BZA members' terms.

The BZA is charged with reviewing and making decisions related to variance requests and appeals on technical issues regarding permitted land uses under the city's zoning code.

Following last week's action, the new term limits will go into effect May 17.

The new regulations stipulate three of the BZA's five members will be appointed to six-year terms.

Those appointments will come by way of recommendation from council's city administration committee, but also will require approval by the full council.

The other two BZA members will be given initial three-year terms, which likewise will be granted after the city administration committee makes a recommendation that is supported by the full council.

At the end of the BZA members' terms, council can decide to appoint them to six-year terms or appoint new members for three-year terms.

Last month, Sauer said the new, staggered term limits will help foster a mix of veteran and new BZA members going forward.

"I believe that by having members serve six-year terms it will enable the BZA to serve the community as it grows and potentially changes over time, and continue to represent that effectively," said Sauer, chairman of council's city administration committee.

"Also, it will ensure involved and interested members will be appointed to the BZA.

"It will ensure the BZA has members that are involved and interested and it will give council the ability to appoint members that represent the community at large as it changes over time."