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


  • 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


A Public Hearing will be held on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2019 at 7 p.m. in the 54B District Court, Courtroom 1, 101 Linden Street:

  • A public hearing will be held to consider an application from Andrea Shea for the property located at 404 University Drive, in the R-2, Medium Density Single Family Residential, zoning district for a variance from the following requirement of Chapter 50 – Zoning Code of the City of East Lansing:  
     
    Section 50-147(1)a. – Within any yard bordering a street, fences or walls, other than retaining walls, shall not exceed the following maximum heights:
    i. When less than 40 percent open and unobstructed.
    1. Three feet at the property line.
    2. Six feet, when set back at least 20 feet from the property line.
     
    The applicant is proposing a privacy fence at six feet tall around the existing patio and between the existing house and garage less than the required setback.

  • A public hearing will be held to consider an application from Ghulam Sumbal for the property located at 1820 Coolidge Road in the R-3, Single and Two-Family Residential, zoning district for a variance from the following requirement of Chapter 50 – Zoning Code of the City of East Lansing:
     
    Section 50-301. – Minimum lot width.  Minimum lot width in the R-3 zoning district for uses other than single-family is 100 feet.

    The applicant is proposing to demolish the existing duplex structure and rebuild a new duplex structure with a lot width of 82 feet. 

Members


  • Konrad Hittner
    Term expires: 2018
  • Erik Altmann (Alternate)
    Term expires: 2018
  • Jon Jorgensen
    Term expires: 2018
  • Brian Laxton, Chair
    Term expires: 2018
  • Vacancy
    Term expires: 2020


  • Caroline Ruddell, Vice-Chair
    Term expires: 2019
  • Ismat Lal
    Term expires: 2019
  • James Bradley (Alternate)
    Term expires: 2019
  • Andria Ditschman
    Term expires: 2020

City Staff


Apply for a Vacancy


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