The purpose of this board is to make recommendations on the comprehensive plan; recommendations on annexation, rezoning and special use applications; recommendations on text amendments; initiation of rezoning applications and text amendments; decisions on variances; decisions on administrative appeals; and other powers as assigned by Council. This board consists of seven residents of Gainesville including a representative from each ward, a Chairman and a Vice Chairman. A Council Member is appointed as an ex-officio member each year. The term of office is two years and expires on November 30th. The Board is referenced in the Unified Land Development Code and the primary contact is the Community Development Director.