Zoning Board of Appeals

The Zoning Board of Appeals interprets and grants variances from provisions of the zoning code; conducts hearings and resolves disputes regarding decisions of the zoning official. View Zoning Board of Appeals By-Laws (PDF).

The Board consists of seven members who serve three-year terms and meeting monthly.


  • Meetings take place the first Wednesday of each month @ 7 p.m. (unless otherwise noted)
  • 54B District Court, Courtroom 1
    101 Linden St. 
    East Lansing, MI 48823
Agendas & Minutes
Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
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Upcoming Public Hearings

A Public Hearing will be held on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at 7 p.m. in the 54B District Court, Courtroom 1, 101 Linden Street:

  • A public hearing will be held to consider a variance request from Carla Guggenheim for the property located at 1736 Roseland Avenue, in the R-1, Low Density Residential District from the following requirement of Chapter 50 – Zoning Code of the City of East Lansing:

    Section 50-147(1)c. – In rear and side yards where six-foot fences are permitted, a fence may also include an additional two feet of height, up to a maximum of eight feet, provided that the top two feet are at least 75 percent open and unobstructed.  The applicant is proposing a 10 foot fence to keep deer out of the yard.
  • A public hearing will be held to consider two variance requests from Hagan Realty Inc. for the property located at 534-536 Sycamore Lane, in the R-2, Medium Density Residential District from the following requirements of Chapter 50 - Zoning Code of the City of East Lansing:

    Section 50-301. – Maximum Ground Coverage Ratio 40 percent, to allow the reconstruction of a driveway that would add additional driveway surface totaling 41.9 percent.

    Section 50-816(4).  – Parking and Driveway Setback minimum of three feet side yard setback for residential driveways, to allow a driveway with zero side yard setback.


  • Konrad Hittner
    Term expires: 2018
  • Erik Altmann (Alternate)
    Term expires: 2018
  • Jon Jorgensen
    Term expires: 2018
  • Brian Laxton, Chair
    Term expires: 2018
  • John Robison
    Term expires: 2020

  • Caroline Ruddell, Vice-Chair
    Term expires: 2019
  • Ismat Lal
    Term expires: 2019
  • James Bradley (Alternate)
    Term expires: 2019
  • Andria Ditschman
    Term expires: 2020

City Staff

Apply for a Vacancy

Submit an Board / Commission Application (PDF) to apply for an appointment to the Zoning Board of Appeals.