Zoning Board of Appeals

Meetings
  • 7 p.m.
  • Meets the 4th Thursday of each month
  • Administrative Liaison - Chris McLeod, City Planner
  • City Council Chambers
    40555 Utica Road
    Sterling Heights, MI 48313
Agendas & Minutes
Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
View Most Recent Agendas and Minutes

Members


  • Derek B. D'Angelo
    Term expires June 30, 2018
  • Dale Deming                                                                            Term expires June 30, 2017
  • David Graef
    Term expires June 30, 2019
  • Junina Jean                                                                             Term expires June 30, 2019


  • Stefano Militello                                                                       Term expires June 30, 2018
  • Pashko Ujkic                                                                            Term expires June 30, 2018
  • Raymond Washburn                                                                Term expires June 30, 2019
Overview
The Zoning Board of Appeals was established in accordance with Zoning Ordinance #278. The Board performs its duties and exercises its powers as provided in Act 110 of the Public Acts of 2006, as amended. Execution of its duties are performed in such a way that the objectives of the Zoning Ordinance shall be observed and met, public safety secured, and substantial justice done. The Zoning Board of Appeals consists of 7 members appointed by City Council for a term of 3 years.

The Zoning Board of Appeals enjoys all the powers granted to it by both state law and Ordinance #278, which includes certain specific powers. Ordinance and map interpretations, modification of height, wall, buffering, screening and landscape requirements, modification of vehicle parking stalls, loading area and placement regulations, and the granting of use variances are specific examples of power granted to this Board.

The members of the Board are compensated as appointed officials. Much of its budgeted expenditures are related to the recording for the meetings, the publishing of notices or minutes, education and training, and other related  matters.

Sessions & Variances
Zoning Board of Appeals meetings are open to the public except those authorized to be conducted in closed session pursuant to the Open Meetings Act. The public is afforded the opportunity to speak at any public hearing in accordance with the Rules of Procedure and Bylaws of the Board. No business is conducted unless a majority of the members are present.

If the Board approves a variance, it shall remain in effect only as long as the facts and circumstances, as presented, continue to exist and conditions attached to the approval are satisfied and maintained. If the variance is not exercised within 12 months from the date it was granted, the variance shall lapse.

Appeals
The appeal process begins by filing a notice of appeal accompanied by an application fee. The notice of appeal must specify the requirement from which a variance is sought and the nature and services extent of such variance. An official record is prepared for each appeal upon which the Board has based a decision.

Did You Know...
The Zoning Board of Appeals heard over 30 cases last fiscal year that sought relief from the literal provisions of the City's Zoning Ordinance.
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