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Board of Zoning Appeals

Updated: Sep 9, 2021
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The essential purpose of zoning is to control community development by regulating land use. Zoning refers to the legal restrictions placed on the use of private land. These restrictions specify how the land may be used; i.e., what kinds of buildings may be built, what activities are permissible, how much yard space there must be, etc. 

The Board of Zoning Appeals acts on questions arising from the administration of the zoning ordinance, including the interpretation of the zoning map. The board hears and decides appeals from and reviews any order, requirement, decision or determination made by the building official.
Please note that agendas for this board are usually posted the week prior to the meeting date.  If you would like details of an upcoming application before the full agenda is posted to this page, please go to www.bhamgov.org/publicnotices for a list of upcoming development applications and public hearings. 

If you have any questions or comments regarding the Board of Zoning Appeals, please contact Bruce Johnson at 248.530.1842.

Board Member   Term Expires
Jason Canvasser Regular Member 10/10/2023
Kevin Hart Regular Member 10/10/2023
Richard Lilley Regular Member 10/10/2025
John Miller Regular Member 10/10/2024
Erik Morganroth Regular Member 10/10/2024
Ron Reddy Regular Member 10/10/2025
Pierre Yaldo Regular Member 10/10/2025
Carl Kona Alternate Member 2/17/2023
Vacant Alternate Member 2/17/2023

Meetings 

The Board of Zoning Appeals hears appeals from the City's Zoning Ordinance. These appeals are typically variances for setback requirements. The Board meets the second Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. in the City Commission Room of the Municipal Building.  Some meetings are still following COVID-19 protocol,  please call to verify if meeting restrictions are in place.  To file an appeal, a completed application and the items from the Required Information Checklist must be submitted by the 12th of the month preceding the meeting. The Board's agenda is restricted to seven (7) appeals therefore, the first seven applications received will be heard at the meeting. 

Regulations 

The Zoning Ordinance regulates the size of lots as well as the placement of a residence on a lot. Typically, these restrictions regarding placement are referred to as setbacks, which means the distance a structure must be placed or setback from the lot line. The Ordinance also limits the amount of paved surface which is defined as concrete, blacktop, gravel, brick, or a similar material in the front yard.  A minimum requirement of 65% of the front open space must be free of paved surfaces.

If you are considering building a new house or addition, please contact the Building Department at 248.530.1850 for setback information. Your current setbacks may be different than when your home was constructed.

City boards and committees are now meeting in-person with a virtual option available to the public. Individuals who would like to attend meetings in person can access City Hall from the Martin Street entrance during normal business hours, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  For meetings that occur after hours, visitors can access City Hall through the Police Department lobby entrance on Pierce Street. For the latest information regarding COVID-19 and mask requirements at city meetings, visit www.bhamgov.org/covid

Virtual Option for the Public

Members of the public who prefer to attend meetings virtually may continue to do so. Download Zoom instructions here.  Zoom information for each meeting can be found at the bottom of meeting agendas or by scrolling down to Meeting Notices for further information.  For instructions for the next Board of Zoning Appeals meeting click here.

Watching City Meetings

The community may also watch many City meetings on the local cable access channel and by web streaming on the City's Vimeo channel.  

Please note that agendas for this board are usually posted the week prior to the meeting date.  If you would like details of an upcoming application before the full agenda is posted to this page, please go to www.bhamgov.org/publicnotices for a list of upcoming development applications and public hearings. 

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For meeting agendas and minutes prior to 2014, please contact the Community Development Department at 248.530.1850.
2022

12/13/22 Regular Meeting Agenda       Notices      
11/08/22 Regular Meeting Agenda       Packet       Notices       Video      
10/11/22 Regular Meeting Agenda       Packet       Minutes       Notices       Video      
09/13/22 Regular Meeting Agenda       Packet       Minutes       Notices       Video      
08/09/22 Regular Meeting Agenda       Packet       Minutes       Notices       Video      
07/26/22 Special Meeting Agenda       Packet       Minutes       Notices       Video      
07/12/22 Regular Meeting Agenda       Packet       Minutes       Notices       Video      
06/14/22 Regular Meeting Agenda       Packet       Minutes       Notices       Video      
05/10/22 Regular Meeting Agenda       Packet       Minutes       Notices       Video      
04/12/22 Regular Meeting Agenda       Packet       Minutes       Notices       Video      
03/08/22 Regular Meeting Agenda       Packet       Minutes       Notices       Video      
02/08/22 Regular Meeting Agenda       Packet       Minutes       Notices       Video      
01/11/22 CANCELLED Agenda       Packet       Notices      
2021

12/14/21 Regular Meeting Agenda       Packet       Minutes       Notices       Video      
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2020

12/08/20 Regular meeting Agenda       Packet       Minutes       Notices       Video       More...
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10/13/20 Cancelled Agenda       Minutes       More...
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2019

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2018

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2017

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2016

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2015

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2014

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2013

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