McHenry County Board looking for applicants to fill Zoning Board of Appeals vacancies

Members earn per diem of $110 for meeting days, which typically occur on Thursdays

The McHenry County Board is seeking residents willing to serve on the Zoning Board of Appeals.

Two positions are available for regular members and two for alternate members who serve in the absence of regular members, according to a news release.

The Zoning Board of Appeals conducts public hearings and makes recommendations to the County Board regarding property owner requests to rezone properties, obtain conditional use permits and receive variations from the county’s zoning rules.

Meetings typically take place at 1:30 p.m. Thursdays and last one to three hours, according to the release. Members receive a per diem of $110 for each meeting day and have the option of participating remotely in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

As no two Zoning Board of Appeals members may be from the same township, all applicants for the current vacancies must reside in Algonquin, Chemung, Hebron, Burton, Hartland, Marengo, Riley, Seneca, Coral, Grafton, Greenwood or Dorr townships.

The county has so far received applications thus far from Algonquin, Riley and Grafton townships, and so applicants from residents of the remaining townships are particularly encouraged, according to the release.

Applicants must fill out the standard county application form, as well as a supplemental application specific to the Zoning Board of Appeals, which can be found on the county website at by hovering over the “County Government” tab on the top of the page and scrolling down to “County Appointments.”

Forms are also available at the County Administration Office, 667 Ware Road, Room 209, in Woodstock.

If mailing the application, certified or registered mail is recommended. Mailed applications should be sent to: McHenry County Board, 2200 North Seminary Avenue, Woodstock, IL 60098.

The County Board Planning, Environment, and Development Committee is expected to conduct interviews with eligible candidates at its Tuesday, Feb. 2, meeting.