Zoning Board of Appeals

About

By the power of the Michigan Zoning Enabling Act (110) of 2006, the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) consists of five members and an alternate appointed by the Township Board. One member must be a Planning Commission member, and one member must be from the Township Board. The remaining ZBA members must be Township electors. Each member’s term is three years; unless filling a vacancy, all vacancies are filled for the remainder of the term. The ZBA hears and decides from any order, requirement, decision, or determination any administrative official charged with zoning ordinance enforcement. It also hears and decides all other matters referred to it in the Township Ordinance. The Township may grant variances if practical difficulty or unnecessary hardship will result from conforming to the Ordinance, provided the spirit of the Ordinance is observed, public safety secured, and substantial justice done.  Hardships should not be self-created, and some unique circumstances involving the property in question should be evident to support a variance.

Board Membership

  • James Short, Chair (December 2022)
  • Shawn Blue (December 2024)
  • Robert Mihelich (December 2024)
  • Frederick Nagler (December 2023)
  • Nicolette Leigh (December 2023)
  • Maryanne Sydlick, first alternate (December 2022)
  • Lisa Moaiery, second alternate, and trustee (November 2022)
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