The Zoning Problem Solvers!

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Executive Assistant

Do you know these people?  They’re the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) and this important group provides a critical service for our community.

It’s the ZBA’s job to interpret the City’s Zoning Ordinance, decide appeals to administrative decisions, and grant exceptions.  Zoning standards are applied, in Michigan and across the country, to hundreds and thousands of parcels of land.  Due to unique conditions and characteristics of individual properties, it is nearly impossible to write zoning standards so that they can be universally enforced.  To provide relief in usual circumstances, each municipality needs a group like this.

Zoning Board of Appeals (from left to right) Robert Luttermoser, Henry Knight, Trina Burrell, Greg Ouellette, Robert Waltenspiel and Building Official, Jeff Spencer

Zoning Board of Appeals (from left to right) Robert Luttermoser, Henry Knight, Trina Burrell, Greg Ouellette, Robert Waltenspiel and Building Official/City Staff Liaison, Jeff Spencer

Mayor Kevin McDaniel and our City Council appoint five members to the ZBA, all of whom are City residents.   The City’s ZBA members are Robert Luttermoser, Chairperson; Greg Ouellette, Secretary and Planning Commission Liaison; Henry Knight, City Council Liaison; Trina Burrell and Robert Waltenspiel.

We’re very grateful for this dedicated group of volunteers who meet on the 2nd Thursday of each month, as needed, to help interpret our Zoning Ordinance and make these often complex determinations at our local level.