OPINION 274
November 1963

CONFLICTING INTERESTS—MEMBERSHIP ON A ZONING BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT— A lawyer may be a member of a city zoning board of adjustment and also represent clients before other city boards and the city council on matters not connected with the work of the zoning board of adjustment.

Canon 6.

Question

X, a practicing attorney, is a member of the Zoning Board of Adjustment of a home-rule city. The Board’s jurisdiction is limited to the granting of special exceptions to the terms of the zoning ordinances, and the granting as to use, occupancy and setbacks.

Is X prohibited from representing citizens of the city in appearances before the Planning Commission and before the City Council with reference to matters not coming within the jurisdiction of the Board of Adjustment or not in connection with appeals from actions of the Board of Adjustment?

Opinion

No. A lawyer who acts with propriety and good judgment should be able to serve on a city zoning boards and the city council on matters not connected with the work of the zoning board of adjustment. (9-0)