Board of Zoning Appeals

 

 

JAMES W. RIBBRON
Director

Coleman A. Young Municipal Center
2 Woodward Avenue - Suite 212
Detroit, MI  48226

(313) 224-3595 (office)
(313) 224-4597 (fax)
TTY: 711 or (800) 649-3777

E-mail:  Lyallh@detroitmi.gov
Contact Person:  Lyall Hoggatt



Mission

As a quasi-judicial body, the Board's hears and rules on appeals for any person, aggrieved by a decision of an enforcing officer or any decision made be the Buildings and Safety Engineering Department where rigid enforcement could cause the appellant undue hardship.

The Board conducts investigation and public hearing to determine whether variances , exceptions or modification of approved regulated uses of land will be in the best interest of the public and that the spirit and intent of the zoning ordinance is upheld.

As a quasi-judicial body, the Board's hears and rules on appeals for any person, aggrieved by a decision of an enforcing officer or any decision made be the Buildings and Safety Engineering Department where rigid enforcement could cause the appellant undue hardship.The Board conducts investigation and public hearing to determine whether variances , exceptions or modification of approved regulated uses of land will be in the best interest of the public and that the spirit and intent of the zoning ordinance is upheld.

 

The Board of Zoning Appeals' primary role is to hear and decide appeals from and review any order, requirement, decision or determination made in the enforcement of the City of Detroit Zoning Ordinance. The Board has certain discretionary powers in making its decisions to comply with the powers granted to it be the local zoning ordinance and State Enabling Act. Any adjustment or reversal must conform to the provisions of the zoning ordinance and provide neighborhood and commercial stabilization.


Goals & Objectives
Several projects are underway to improve services: The Department is continually working with the City Planning Commission to conclude the comprehensive amendments to the City's new Zoning Ordinance.

The Department has streamlined the procedures for processing each appeal case. An appeal, which was formerly heard within sixty (60) days, is now heard before the Board of Zoning Appeals within approximately thirty (30) days after it is received.


New Initiatives
The Department has updated its digital cameras and proxima projector system to provide a first-class visual presentation at Board of Zoning Public Hearings. These upgrades have made a major improvement of the presentations at the Board's Public Hearings.

Significant Accomplishments
The Department is currently planning to work with the ITS Department to develop a computer database that will allow the Board of Appeals to improve the log-in, tracking and processing of documents relative to each Board Case.

The Department is also working on amendments to the new City of Detroit Zoning Ordinance, which may result in improving services to citizens and additional training for the Board Members and Staff.
  

In the interest of improving the level of service, the Department will be developing a strategic plan, reviewing both the level of service and staffing over five (5) years.