Board of Adjustment

Board of Adjustment Members

Member Name Position Term Expires
Jim Babcock Chair 12/31/2022
Dale Amstutz Vice Chair 12/31/2022
John Minyard Member 12/31/2023
Carla Rowland Member 12/31/2023
Bill Knox Member 12/31/2023
Bill Carrothers Alternate Member 12/31/2023
Linda Smith Alternate Member 12/31/2022
Frank Gracely, Jr. Alternate Member 12/31/2023
Ron Christesson Alternate Member 12/31/2023
Thom Fairleigh Alternate Member  12/31/2023


Regular Sessions will be held only if there are applications or items to be heard.  Meetings are typically held on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 3:00 P.M. in City Council Chambers.

The Board of Adjustment Charter was adopted by City Council on February 18, 2020. Click HERE to read the Charter.

City Staff Liaison: Development Services Director Sally McFeron

City Council Liaison: Mayor Pro Tem Elsie Thurman


The Board of Adjustment is responsible for granting variances to the terms of the zoning regulations of the City, and deciding appeals from decisions of administrative officials related to those zoning regulations. If a municipality wants to provide in its zoning ordinance a mechanism through which it can approve waivers from the strict letter of the zoning rules, state law authorizes the City Council of a municipality to establish procedures for the appointment of a Board of Adjustment. (Texas Local Government Code §211.008). The zoning ordinance may provide that the Board of Adjustment can make special exceptions to the terms of the zoning ordinance that are consistent with the general purpose and intent of the ordinance and with any applicable rules contained in the ordinance.

On February 21, 2017, the City Council adopted an ordinance creating a Board of Adjustment for Horseshoe Bay. The Board consists of five residents, who are registered voters of the city, appointed by City Council and serve staggered two-year terms. 

Board of Adjustment Application Forms

These documents may not reflect the most current forms.  Since this process is time sensitive and project specific, you should always contact the Assistant Planner prior to posting or mailing any notices to be informed of the most current procedures.

Public Hearing Notices

Public hearing notices for Board of Adjustment applications must be published in both the Horseshoe Bay Beacon and The Highlander newspapers per the schedule. Property owners  within 200 feet of the property must be notified by mail. The mailed notices do not have to be sent certified mail, but a list of property owners and addresses the notices were sent to must be submitted with the application.

The Board of Adjustment will only meet if there are applications to be heard. Contact the Development Services Technician at 830-598-9959 to verify if there will be a meeting.


Staff will prepare a meeting packet for the Board of Adjustment that includes staff reports on all Variance requests. The applicant will be notified of staff comments prior to the Board of Adjustment meeting.

The applicant or representative must attend the Board of Adjustment meeting

Americans with Disabilities Act

In compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act, the City of Horseshoe Bay will provide for reasonable accommodations for persons to attend Planning and Zoning Commission meetings. To better serve you, requests should be received 48 hours prior to the meeting. Please contact the Development Services Technician at 830-598-9959.