Charter Article 133 - WV Code Chapter 37A

The primary role of the Board of Zoning Appeals (Board) is to hear, review, and determine appeals made by a property owner based on an order or decision of the city’s zoning administrator. The Board will determine whether to grant the property owner an exception to the specific  rules and regulations applicable to a property within a zoning district. They may issue special use permits and/or grant variances to the city’s zoning ordinance.

The Board of Zoning appeals meets in the Bolivar Community Center on an "as needed" basis. The archived minutes for these meetings can be found here.

Board of Zoning Appeals Members & Terms:

John KrycumPresident1/1/2021-12/31/2023
Phil HaleVice-President1/1/2019-12/31/2021
Brad Whitehurst
Chris Dove
Lisa Kovatch


Forms & Applications:
BZA - Ordinance for Appeal Process
BZA - Variance

Charter Article 131 - WV Code 8A 2-3

Mission Statement: The Planning Commission assists in promoting the orderly development of Bolivar. It is primarily an advisory body with certain regulatory powers over land planning.

The Planning Commission meets the fourth Monday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Bolivar Community Center on Panama Street. The office is open at 6:30 p.m. for information, forms, questions for the Zoning Administrator, and acceptance of applications.

Meeting Agenda: February 27, 2023
Archived Meeting Minutes: Click Here

Bolivar Planning Commission Members:

Stephen Paradis      President & Town Council Representative
Barbara StaatsVice-President
Randall HughesSecretary
Deb Hale
Jacob Stettes   

Bolivar Planning Commission Staff:

Laura Whittington, Town Administrator and Planning Commission Clerk
​Contact Info: 304-535-2476; Email:

Bolivar Planning Commission Documents:
Building & Other Permits - Easy Guide

Building Ordinances
Comprehensive Plan
Killam and Ashbaugh Ordinances
Land Use Map
Policies and Procedures (building permits, instructions, applications, etc)

West Virginia Links:
West Virginia Planning Association
West Virginia State Government
West Virginia Legislature

Planning Commission

Council meetings are the first Tuesday of every month at 6:30 PM. Meetings are held at the Bolivar Community Center on Panama Street. Archived meeting minutes can be found here.

Meeting Agenda:
March 7, 2023

Office of the Mayor:
Helen Dettmer

Bolivar Town Council Members:
Sarah Gordon
Sandi Marra
Amanda McDaniel
Steve Paradis
John Paul Heafer​

P. Jean Reed

Town Administrator:
Laura Whittington

Administrative Assistant:
​Jeff Staats

Maintenance Personnel:
John Garza

Town Council

West Virginia



Board of Zoning Appeals