Zoning Board of Appeals

About the Zoning Board of Appeals

Purpose

The role of the Zoning Board of Appeals is to act as a judicial review body for the Zoning Ordinance and to decide on variance requests, provide ordinance interpretations for the zoning text and the map, and hear appeals of the zoning administrator’s decisions.

ZBA decisions should be based on the facts of the case and must be based on the requirements and standards of the Zoning Ordinance. If the ordinance is worded as such that it in conflict  with outcomes desired by the Master Plan or community, the ZBA should refer that information back to the Planning Commission.

Powers

The Zoning Board of Appeal’s role is to decide on variance requests, provide ordinance interpretations for the zoning text and the map, and hear appeals of the zoning administrator’s decisions.

Obligation

ZBA decisions should be based on the facts of the case and must be based on the requirements and standards of the Zoning Ordinance. If the ordinance is worded as such that it in conflict  with outcomes desired by the Master Plan or community, the ZBA should refer that information back to the Planning Commission.

Meetings

As needed, usually on Wednesdays at 6:00 PM at City Hall.

Membership

Five qualified electors of the City of Charlevoix, with two alternates

Appointment

Mayor, confirmed by City Council

Term

Three years beginning January 1

Compensation

None

Staff Liaison/Department

Jonathan Scheel, Networks Northwest, Planning & Zoning Department  (231) 547-3265

Members

  • Greg Withrow, Chair
    Term expires: December 31, 2020
    202 Elm Street
    Charlevoix, MI 49720
    Home Phone: 231-547-5516
  • Richard Hodgson, Vice Chair
    Term expires: December 31, 2018
    303 Chicago Avenue
    Charlevoix, MI 49720
    Home Phone: 231-547-7296
    Cell Phone: 231-675-1328
  • Gary Anderson, Alternate
    Term expires: December 31, 2019
    1111 Beacon Street
    Charlevoix, MI 49720
    Home Phone: 231-237-9307
    Cell Phone: 231-881-5124
  • Ann Gorney
    Term expires: December 31, 2020
    115 E Hurlbut
    Charlevoix, MI 49720
    Home Phone: 234-547-5315
    Cell Phone: 231-881-5495
  • Timothy Kish
    Term expires: December 31, 2018
    414 Michigan Avenue
    Charlevoix, MI 49720
    Cell Phone: 313-655-7468
  • Patricia Miller
    Term expires: December 31, 2019
    121 Hampton Road
    Charlevoix, MI 49720
    Home Phone: 231-547-5225
    Cell Phone: 231-437-0924
  • Vacancy, Alternate
  • Networks Northwest, Kathy Egan, Staff Planner - Advisor
    Office Phone: 231-929-5057

Contact the Zoning Board of Appeals

The Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) is responsible for Interpretations of the zoning ordinance, variances, and appeals of decisions made by the Zoning Administrator.  Contact the Zoning Administrator or the Planning and Zoning Department for more information.