Zoning Board of Appeals

Mary Ann Ostendorf, Chair Lancaster Township
Garrett Miller Ridott Township
Kerry Weber Florence Township
Patrick A. Foley, Alternate Erin Township
Marty Zamudio Waddams Township
Michael Lehmann West Point Township
Nicole Shere, Secretary 295 W. Lamm Rd. Freeport, IL 61032 815-599-0344


Guide to the Zoning Board of Appeals

The Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) is a five-member citizen board organized under the zoning ordinance to hear several types of zoning issues:

  • Request for changes in zoning classification (map amendments)
  • Permission for certain uses under zoning named as special uses in the zoning ordinance
  • Request for relief from specific requirements of the ordinance through variance requests
  • Appeal of a determination made by the director of building and zoning

A citizen may apply for a public hearing, pay a filing fee, and present his/her case to the ZBA. In some instances, the ZBA makes a final decision on the request, but in most instances, the ZBA makes a recommendation to the full County Board for their final consideration.
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