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

A Public Hearing will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018 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 Extra Space, LLC for the property located at 645 Evergreen Avenue, in the R-2, Medium Density Single-Family Residential zoning district for a variance request from the following requirement of Chapter 50 – Zoning Code of the City of East Lansing:  
    Section 50-816(3) – Yard paving restriction. In all residential districts, the amount of paving in a front yard and in a side yard along a street on a corner lot shall not exceed an amount equal to 25 percent of the front yard area as defined in section 50-9 of this chapter or up to 35 percent where 10 percent of the paving is pervious paving material. On lots within the RA, R-1, R-2, and R-3 districts, no more than 30 percent of the rear yard may be used for parking and access facilities, inclusive of garages, carports, and surface paving.


  • 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.