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The Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) handles requests for variances from the Zoning Ordinance, interpretations of the Zoning Ordinance, and administrative reviews/appeals of decisions.
If you wish to appear before the ZBA, please consider the following:
1. An application needs to be completed and submitted. You may pick up an application at the Township, request to have one sent to you, or print the one found here. The application must be filled out completely, including identifying the section of the Zoning Ordinance from which you are seeking a variance. The signatures of the applicant and property owner must be notarized. Generally, there are notaries available at the Township. Please also note that if your application is accompanied by plans, only one hard copy of plans is needed. However, a disc containing a PDF of the plans must also be submitted.
2. The appropriate fee must be paid. The fee is $200 for a variance for one single-family residential lot, $500 for all other variances and appeals. The fee may be paid by cash, check, or money order (made payable to Lyon Township). Visa, Mastercard, and Discover cards can be accepted, though there is a fee involved. If an application is submitted without the fee, the application will not be processed.
3. All variances, interpretations, and appeals require a public hearing. Therefore, a public hearing notice will be published in the local newspaper of record (the South Lyon Herald) no later than 15 days prior to a meeting. In cases that involve specific property, the same notice will also be mailed to all parcels within 300' of the subject parcel(s). This will be handled by the Township once the applicant submits the completed application and appropriate fee.
4. The applicant or a designated representative must attend the meeting to present their case to the ZBA.
Agendas, minutes, and a meeting schedule for the ZBA can be found here.
If you have any questions regarding the ZBA, please contact Katherine Des Rochers. You may reach her at 248-437-2240 or by email.
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