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
Agendas & Minutes
Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
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Upcoming Public Hearings

public hearing (PDF) will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017 at 7 p.m. in the 54B District Court, Courtroom 1, 101 Linden Street:

To consider a variance request from Harbor Bay Real Estate Advisors for the property located at 125, 135 and 201 E. Grand River Ave. and 200 Albert Ave. in the B-3 City Center Commercial District from the following requirement of Chapter 50 - Zoning Code of the City of East Lansing:

a. Section 50-593(b). – Minimum front yard depth: None, except for those properties that abut Grand River Avenue, the building shall be set back a minimum of 22 feet from the curb line of Grand River Avenue as measured between the exterior of the building closest to the curb line of Grand River Avenue and the curb line of Grand River Avenue, to allow a new building that would result in a distance of 21 feet between the front of the proposed building and the existing curb line of Grand River Avenue. The applicant is proposing to construct the building along Grand River Avenue to meet the existing building faces on either side of the proposed building.


  • 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: 2019
  • Annalisa Grunwald
      Term expires: 2019
  • James Bradley (Alternate)
    Term expires: 2019
  • Andria Ditschman
    Term expires: 2017

City Staff

Apply for a Vacancy

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