Zoning Board of Appeals

The Zoning Board of Appeals interprets and grants variances from provisions of the zoning code; conducts hearings and resolves disputes regarding decisions of the zoning official. View Zoning Board of Appeals By-Laws (PDF).

The Board consists of seven members who serve three-year terms and meeting monthly.

  • Meetings take place the first Wednesday of each month @ 7 p.m. (unless otherwise noted)
  • 54B District Court, Courtroom 1
    101 Linden St. 
    East Lansing, MI 48823
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Upcoming Public Hearings

A public hearing (PDF) will be held on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at 7 p.m. in the 54B District Court, Courtroom 1, 101 Linden Street:
A public hearing will be held to consider a variance request from Mark Terry, for the property at 343 M.A.C. Avenue, in the RM-32, City Center Multiple-Family Residential, from the following requirements of Chapter 50 – Zoning – of the Code of the City of East Lansing:

a. Article V, Sec. 50-443(3) iv., to allow a minimum site area of 9,801 square feet where 10,000 is required.

b. Article IV, Sec. 50-301., to allow the front yard setback to be 12.5 feet where 20 feet is required.

c. Article IV, Sec. 50-301., to allow the south side yard to be 6.6 feet where 8 feet is required.

d. Article IV, Sec. 50-301., to allow the garage to be 2.5 feet from the rear property line where 3 feet is required.

e. Article VIII, Sec. 50-814., to allow front yard parking to be 3 feet along the west side of the north property line off the alley where 20 feet is required to avoid front yard parking.

The applicant is proposing to change the existing use to a Class B Multiple-Family use to allow a license for 7 persons.  


  • Konrad Hittner
    Term expires: 2018
  • Jon Jorgensen (Alternate)
    Term expires: 2018
  • Eric Muska
    Term expires: 2018
  • Brian Laxton, Chair
    Term expires: 2018
  • John Robison
    Term expires: 2017

  • Caroline Ruddell, Vice-Chair
    Term expires: 2016
  • Patrick Marchman
    Term expires: 2016
  • James Bradley (Alternate)
    Term expires: 2016
    Term expires: 2017

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Apply for a Vacancy

Submit an Board / Commission Application (PDF) to apply for an appointment to the Zoning Board of Appeals.