1. The board of adjustment shall have the following powers:
(1) To hear and decide appeals where it is alleged there is error in any order, requirement,
decision, or determination made by an administrative official in the enforcement of
sections 89.010 to 89.140 or of any ordinance adopted pursuant to such sections;
(2) To hear and decide all matters referred to it or upon which it is required to
pass under such ordinance;
(3) In passing upon appeals, where there are practical difficulties or unnecessary
hardship in the way of carrying out the strict letter of such ordinance, to vary or
modify the application of any of the regulations or provisions of such ordinance relating
to the construction or alteration of buildings or structures or the use of land so
that the spirit of the ordinance shall be observed, public safety and welfare secured
and substantial justice done, provided that, in any city with a population of three
hundred fifty thousand or more inhabitants which is located in more than one county,
the board of adjustment shall not have the power to vary or modify any ordinance relating
to the use of land.
2. In exercising the above-mentioned powers such board may, in conformity with the
provisions of sections 89.010 to 89.140, reverse or affirm wholly or partly, or may modify the order, requirement, decision
or determination appealed from and may make such order, requirement, decision or determination
as ought to be made and to that end shall have all the powers of the officer from
whom the appeal is taken. The concurring vote of four members of the board shall be necessary to reverse any
order, requirement, decision, or determination of any such administrative official,
or to decide in favor of the applicant on any matter upon which it is required to
pass under any such ordinance or to effect any variation in such ordinance except
as provided in section 305.410.
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