Zoning Board of Appeals


Established by Ordinance 182, adopted November 23, 1953, in accordance with Act 207 of P.A. of 1921 of the State of Michigan; City Code Sections 5.244-5.255 Chapter 52


To hear and decide all matters referred to it upon which it is required to pass under Chapter 52; and to hear and decide appeals where it is alleged by the building inspector in the enforcement of Chapter 52 of the City Code.


Five members are appointed, one of whom shall be a member of the Planning Commission, all appointed by the mayor with the consent of the City Commission for three-year terms. Amended September 21, 1987 to add the following: The City Commission may appoint two alternate members of the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA). Each alternate shall be appointed for a three-year term.

An alternate member shall sit as a regular member of the ZBA when:

  • A regular member is absent from or unable to attend a meeting of the ZBA
  • A regular member is unable to participate in reaching a decision on a particular case because of a conflict of interest

The alternate member having been appointed shall serve in the case until a final decision has been made. An alternate shall have the same rights and privileges as a regular member when serving in the place of a regular member.


First Thursday of each month, if there are agenda items, at 7 pm. Submission deadlines and meeting dates can be found here.


The applications can be found here. There are two different applications for use or non-use (dimensional) variance requests. Please note that there is a fee associated with this application. If you have any questions about applying to this board please contact Greta Bolhuis at (734) 453-1234 ext. 224.


Term Expires
Joe Elliott, Chair December 2016 December 31, 2022
Jim Burrows, Vice Chair April 2017 December 31, 2024
Michael Devine December 2005 December 31, 2024
Michael Pappas November 2021 December 31, 2024
Vacancy    December 31, 2022 
Scott Silvers, Alternate (PC Liaison) December 2015 December 31, 2024
Vacancy, Alternate    December 31, 2022
Tony Sebastian, City Comm. Liaison December 2017  


    John Buzuvis
    Community Development Director


    Greta Bolhuis
    Assistant Community Development Director

    201 S. Main 
    Plymouth, MI 48170 

    Phone: 734- 453-1234 ext. 232
    Fax:      734-455-1824