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 will be held on Wednesday, May 1, 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 Fresh Coast Provisioning, LLC for the property located at 1108 E. Grand River Ave., in the East Village zoning district for a variance from the following requirements of Chapter 50 – Zoning Code of the City of East Lansing:
  • 1.      816(4) – side yard setback – “In no case shall a parking space or driveway be placed closer than eight feet from a rear lot line or three feet from any other property line…”.

    The applicant is proposing zero setback from the east property line for parking at the rear of the building and a nine inch setback from the west property line for parking in front of the building.

    2.      812(2)r.2 – parking space ratio – “one per 300 square feet of gross floor area”.

    Nine parking spaces are required.  The applicant is proposing four parking spaces.


  • Konrad Hittner
    Term expires: 2021
  • Colline L. DeVries-Burd (Alternate)
    Term expires: 2021
  • Alexis Vlahakis-Cole
    Term expires: 2021
  • Brian Laxton, Chair
    Term expires: 2021
  • Susan Chalgian
    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.