Board of Adjustment Annual Reports, 1957-1969  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Seattle (Wash.). City Clerk
Title
Board of Adjustment Annual Reports
Dates
1957-1969 (inclusive)
Quantity
.2 cubic foot, (1 box)
Collection Number
1802-F2
Summary
Annual reports of the Board of Adjustment, 1957-1968.
Repository
Seattle Municipal Archives
Seattle Municipal Archives
Office of the City Clerk
City of Seattle
PO Box 94728
98124-4728
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-233-7807
Fax: 206-386-9025
archives@seattle.gov
Access Restrictions

Records are open to the public.

Languages
English
Sponsor
Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The Board of Adjustment was created in 1957 by the new Zoning Ordinance, which was based on a Comprehensive Plan for the City. It was a division of the City Planning commission and had power to hear, decide, and grant or deny applications for variances and conditional use permits. The Board had seven members, appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council; members served for up to to three years. The Board began hearing zoning and variance appeals from decisions of the Hearing Examiner following the latter's creation in 1973. In 1980, application and appeal processes were consolidated in the Department of Construction and Land Use with development of the Master Use Permit system. The Board's functions were superseded and it was abolished in 1981 its "appellate functions" were transferred to the Office of the Hearing Examiner.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Board of Adjustment Annual Reports date from 1957 to 1968 and contain statistics on conditional use, variance, and special exception applications received and actions taken. Also included with each report is a narrative discussing the year's events, Board's suggestions to the Planning Commission, Board member appointments, organization charts, referrals from the Superintendent of Buildings, number of hours worked by Board members, and other important issues. Most reports discuss the Board of Adjustment's role as a "leavening agent" which provided "needed flexibility" to the Zoning Ordinance; however, the importance of "careful and practical application of established Ordinance standards" is also stressed.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

[Item and date], Board of Adjustment Annual Reports, Record Series 1802-F2. Box [number], Folder [number]. Seattle Municipal Archives.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Board of Adjustment Annual Reports, 1957-1969Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
1
Board of Adjustment Annual Report
1957-1958
1
Board of Adjustment Annual Report
1959
1
Board of Adjustment Annual Report
1960
1
Board of Adjustment Annual Report
1961
1
Board of Adjustment Annual Report
1962
1
Board of Adjustment Annual Report
1963
1
Board of Adjustment Annual Report
1964
1
Board of Adjustment Annual Report
1965
1
Board of Adjustment Annual Report
1966
1
Board of Adjustment Annual Report
1967
1
Board of Adjustment Annual Report
1968
1
Board of Adjustment Annual Report
1969

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Building permits--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Building--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • City planning--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Land use--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Zoning boards--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Zoning--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Geographical Names :
  • Seattle (Wash.)--Politics and government
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Annual reports
  • Other Creators :
    • Corporate Names :
    • Seattle (Wash.). Board of Adjustment (creator)