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by Ordinance 182, adopted November 23, 1953, in accordance with Act 207 of P.A. of 1921 of the State of Michigan (repealed); City Code Sections 5.244-5.255 Chapter 52. Now P.A. 110 of 2006, Section 601, City Code Section 78-400.


To hear and decide all matters referred to it upon which it is required to pass under Chapter 78; and to hear and decide appeals where it is alleged by the building inspector in the enforcement of Chapter 78 of the City Code.


Five members and two alternate members are appointed, one of whom shall be a member of the Planning Commission. All are 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.


A copy of the bylaws is available 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.


Send an email to the entire Zoning Board of Appeals at [email protected].


Term Expires

Joe Elliott, Chair

December 2016

December 31, 2025

Jim Burrows, Vice Chair

April 2017

December 31, 2024

Michael Devine

December 2005

December 31, 2024

Michael Pappas 

November 2021

December 31, 2024 

Rebecca Smith

January 2024 

December 31, 2025

Scott Silvers, Alternate (PC Liaison)

December 2015

December 31, 2024

Robert Mengel, Alternate 

March 2024 

December 31, 2025

Brock Minton, City Commission Liaison


Kelly O'Donnell, Alternate Liaison



    Greta Bolhuis, AICP
    Planning & Community Development Director
    734-453-1234 ext. 224

    201 S. Main 
    Plymouth, MI 48170 

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