Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA)


This board reviews and hears applications for special exceptions to, variances from, and appeals regarding the administration of the County's Zoning Ordinance.

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The Board has six primary duties:

  • To hear and decide appeals from any order, requirement, decision or determination made by an administrative officer in the administration or enforcement of the zoning ordinance.
  • To grant upon appeal or original application in specific cases variances from the terms of the zoning ordinance as where the strict application of the ordinance would unreasonably restrict the utilization of a property or that granting of a variance would alleviate a hardship.
  • To hear and decide applications for special exceptions as may be authorized in the official schedule of district regulations:
    • All applicants for Special Exceptions must attend a Pre-application meeting.
  • To hear and decide applications for interpretation of the district map where there is an uncertainty as to the location of a district boundary.
  • To hear and decide appeals from the decision of the zoning administrator.
  • To revoke a special exception previously granted by the Board of Zoning Appeals.

The Board does not have the power to rezone property.


All BZA Applications (Appeal, Special Exception, and Variance): $275.00


  • 7 p.m.
  • 4th Tuesday of every month if an application is received
  • Colonial Courthouse
    6504 Main Street
    Gloucester, VA 23061

Member Details

Seven members are appointed by the Circuit Court, on recommendation by the Board of Supervisors, for a five-year term.

NamePositionPhoneEmailTerm Expiration
J. Wayne Horsley, ChairCounty-Wide804-693-3668Email J. Wayne Horsley6/30/2023
James S. Leigh, Vice ChairCounty-Wide804-694-9845Email James Leigh3/31/2022
Charles E. Davis, IIICounty-Wide817-983-1326Email Charles E. Davis III3/31/2022
Mark J. GandolfoCounty-Wide804-693-7981Email Mark Gandolfo6/30/2021
Mark HolthausCounty-Wide804-824-8191Email Mark Holthaus6/30/2022
James NewtonCounty-Wide804-694-5371Email James Newton6/30/2025
Robert N. OttarsonCounty-Wide804-693-8934Email Robert Ottarson6/30/2024
Tripp LittleStaff Liaison804-693-1224Email Tripp LittleN/A
Linda SpragueSecretary804-693-1224Email Linda SpragueN/A

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

View Most Recent Agendas and Minutes

More Information

Contact the Planning and Zoning Office at 804-693-1224 for more information.