Board of Zoning Appeals

INFORMATION REGARDING July 22, 2020 Board of Zoning Appeals Meeting:

To reduce the likelihood of the spread of COVID-19 and to comply with social distancing recommendations, this meeting of the Leawood Board of Zoning Appeals will be conducted using the Zoom media format, with some of the members appearing remotely and City Hall closed to the public.  The meeting will be livestreamed on YouTube and the public can access the livestream by going to the City of Leawood’s YouTube channel for the live link.

Public comments will only be accepted during the public hearing portion of each agenda item where a public hearing is required.  The City encourages the public to submit comments in writing prior to the public hearing by emailing comments to  Written public comments received at least 24 hours prior to the meeting will be distributed to members of the Board of Zoning Appeals.

The Board of Zoning Appeals is a seven-member board that is appointed by the governing body. The Board shall administer the details of appeals from, or other matters referred to it regarding, the application of the Leawood Development Ordinance. Specifically, the Board of Zoning Appeals shall hear appeals, determine requests for variances and exceptions and requests for setback modifications all as set forth in the Leawood Development Ordinance.

Regular meetings of the Leawood Board of Zoning Appeals are held the fourth Wednesday of each month except for the months of November and December, which the meetings are held the 3rd Wednesday. All meetings begin at 5:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, Leawood City Hall, 4800 Town Center Drive.

Citizens may address the Board on items under discussion if recognized by the Chairman. Persons requiring any accommodation (i.e. qualified interpreter, hearing assistance, etc.) in order to attend a Board meeting should notify City Hall at (913) 339-6700 x160 no later than 48 hours prior to the scheduled commencement of the meeting.

The Governing Body of Leawood cannot overturn a decision of the Board of Zoning Appeals. If the request is denied, an applicant may appeal the decision to the District Court of Johnson County, Kansas. Such an appeal shall be filed within 30 days of the final decision of the Board.

Board of Zoning Appeals Paperwork

The following information and application is intended to assist in preparation and submission of the necessary papers for a Board of Zoning Appeals action.

Explanation of a Variance

A variance applies only to provisions such as required setbacks, height regulations, parking regulations, etc. The BZA may not grant a variance that would permit a use not allowed in that zoning district. KSA 12-759 states a request for a variance may be granted upon a finding by the board that all of the following conditions have been met:

  • The variance request arises from such condition which is unique to the property in question and which is not ordinarily found in the same zone or district, and is not created by an action or actions of the property owner or applicant;
  • The granting of the variance will not adversely affect the rights of adjacent property owners or residents;
  • The strict application of the provisions of the Leawood Development Ordinance will constitute unnecessary hardship upon the property owner represented in the application;
  • The variance will not adversely affect the public health, safety, morals, order, convenience, prosperity or general welfare; and
  • Granting the variance will not be opposed to the general spirit and intent of the Leawood Development Ordinance.

Application Procedure

  1. Applications may be obtained at the Department of Planning and Development, City Hall, 4800 Town Center Drive. After completing the application, submit it with any attachments to the Department of Planning and Development with the $150.00 application fee.
  2. Richard Coleman, liaison to the Board of Zoning Appeals, will review the request and advise the applicant if any other information is required. Applicant’s seeking a variance shall address each of the 5 conditions set forth under “explanation of a variance”. Applicant’s seeking an exception shall address each requirement as set forth in the Leawood Development Ordinance. The application will be scheduled on the next available BZA agenda. Applicants must notify all property owners within 200 feet of the subject property and the homes association by certified mail no less than 20 days prior to the hearing.
  3. The applicant or applicant’s representative must be present at the BZA meeting to present the request. Applicants may bring maps, photos, or other materials that might assist in explaining the request. Adjacent property owners and other interested parties will be allowed to speak at the hearing when called upon by the chairperson.
  4. The Board will deliberate and decide to approve the request, deny the request, or defer the request for further study. Applicants will receive written notification of the BZA’s decision.

Agendas and Minutes


September 23, 2020 Meeting Agenda
August 26, 2020 Meeting Agenda
July 22, 2020 Meeting Agenda Minutes
June 24, 2020 Meeting Agenda
February 26, 2020 Meeting Agenda Minutes
January 22, 2020 – Cancelled Meeting Agenda


December 18, 2019 Meeting Agenda Minutes
November 20, 2019 Meeting Agenda Minutes
October 23, 2019 Meeting Agenda Minutes
September 25, 2019 Meeting Agenda Minutes
August 28, 2019 Meeting Agenda Minutes
July 24, 2019 Meeting Agenda Minutes
June 26, 2019 Meeting Agenda Minutes
May 22, 2019 Meeting Agenda Minutes
April 24, 2019 Meeting Agenda Minutes
March 27, 2019 Meeting Agenda Minutes
February 27, 2019 Meeting Agenda Minutes
January 23, 2019 Meeting Agenda Minutes


December 19, 2018 Meeting Agenda Minutes
November 28, 2018 Meeting Agenda Minutes
October 24, 2018 Meeting Agenda Minutes
September 26, 2018 Meeting Agenda Minutes
August 22, 2018 Meeting Agenda Minutes
July 25, 2018 Meeting Agenda Minutes
June 27, 2018 Meeting Agenda Minutes
May 23, 2018 Meeting Agenda Minutes
April 25, 2018 Meeting Agenda Minutes
March 28, 2018 Meeting Agenda Minutes
February 28, 2018 Meeting Agenda Minutes
January 24, 2018 Meeting Agenda Minutes


December 20, 2017 Meeting Agenda
November 15, 2017 Meeting Agenda
October 25, 2017 Meeting Agenda
September 27, 2017 Meeting Agenda
August 23, 2017 Meeting Agenda
July 26, 2017 Meeting Agenda
June 28, 2017 Meeting Agenda
May 24, 2017 Meeting Agenda
March 22, 2017 Meeting Agenda
February 22, 2017 Meeting Agenda
January 25, 2017 Meeting Agenda


November 16, 2016 Meeting Agenda
October 26, 2016 Meeting Agenda
September 28, 2016 Meeting Agenda
August 24, 2016 Meeting Agenda
July 27, 2016 Meeting Agenda
May 25, 2016 Meeting Agenda
April 27, 2016 Meeting Agenda
March 23, 2016 Meeting Agenda
January 27, 2016 Meeting Agenda


December 16, 2015 Meeting Agenda
November 18, 2015 Meeting Agenda
October 28, 2015 Meeting Agenda
September 23, 2015 Meeting Agenda
August 26, 2015 Meeting Agenda
July 22, 2015 Meeting Agenda
May 27, 2015 Meeting Agenda
April 22, 2015 Meeting Agenda
March 25, 2015 Meeting Agenda
February 25, 2015 Meeting Agenda
January 28, 2015 Meeting Agenda


December 17, 2014 Meeting Agenda
October 22, 2014 Meeting Agenda
September 24, 2014 Meeting Agenda
August 27, 2014 Meeting Agenda
July 23, 2014 Meeting Agenda
June 25, 2014 Meeting Agenda
May 28, 2014 Meeting Agenda
April 23, 2014 Meeting Agenda
February 26, 2014 Meeting Agenda


October 23, 2013 Meeting Agenda
September 25, 2013 Meeting Agenda
August 28, 2013 Meeting Agenda
July 24, 2013 Meeting Agenda
June 26, 2013 Meeting Agenda
January 23, 2013 Meeting Agenda


January 25, 2012 Meeting Agenda

Board Members

Bill Clawson, Chair (2021)
Mel Hawk, Vice-Chair (2021)
Richard Coleman Staff Liaison
Gary Bussing (2022)
Pat Dunn (2022)
Charles ‘Bud’ Munson (2021)
Dana Farrington (2021)
Dr. Gregory Peppes (2020)