Board of Zoning Appeals

The Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) acts on matters pertaining to ordinance variance appeals and ordinance interpretation. 

The Board of Zoning Appeals does not have the power to alter or change the zoning district classification of any property, nor to make any change in the terms of the ordinance.

Learn more about the Board of Zoning Appeals in Article 25 of the Zoning Ordinance. 


Public Hearing Notices

December 2, BZA Meeting - this is a video meeting.  Click here for participation links
The meeting will be held via video conference in compliance with the Open Meetings Act.  Members of the public body and members of the public participating electronically will be considered present at the meeting and may participate as if physically present at the meetings.    Anyone needing assistance or accommodations should contact the City Manager's office at 248-449-9905.  Zoom Webinar User Guide for City of Northville Public includes information about electronic meetings and a user guide. 

Public Hearing Notice - [the variance portion of the public hearing was moved to 12/2 by the BZA action at its 11/4 meeting]
North Center Cove App #1 (heard by the BZA on 11/4)
North Center Cove App #2 (to be heard by the BZA on 12/2)

[Agenda and meeting packet is posted on the Agenda and Minutes web page]



Application Submissions

Effective 11/30/20, City Hall will be open by appointment only.  Follow the instructions on the application for submission requirements. 

Application packets may be submitted using the 24-hour drop box.  For in-person application submissions, please call 248-449-9902 or email the Building Clerk for an appointment. 
Meeting Dates and Application Submission Deadlines (Public welcome to attend)

General Information 

  • The BZA meets the 1st Wednesday of the month.  Public welcome to attend. 
  • Meeting dates or application submission deadlines may be moved due to holidays and holiday newspaper publication.   Follow the posted schedule.
  • Applications are due by 4pm on the submission deadline. 
  • Due to publication requirements, submission deadlines are firm.

NOTE:  Meeting the submission deadline does not ensure the case will be heard at the next BZA meeting.  The City Planner will review your application, supporting documentation, and determine if the case has the information needed to properly notice the public hearing.  If your application is deficient, you case will be deferred to the following month's meeting, pending timely submission of the required information.

2020 Meeting Dates and Submission Deadlines

January 8 
submit application by Mon., December 9

February 5
submit application by Mon., January 6

March 4
submit application by Mon., February 3

April 1 - April 1 Meeting canceled due to State of MI Stay Home, Stay Safe order
submit application by Mon., March 2

May 6 (click here for video conference meeting link)
submit application by Mon., March 30 (moved for newspaper holiday deadline)

June 3 - meeting canceled as no appeal cases were filed
submit application by Mon., May 4
Application submission information during MI Stay Home, Stay Safe Order

July 1 (click here for video conference meeting link)
submit application by Mon., June 1

August 5 (click here for video conference meeting link)
submit application by Mon., July 6
File using the MI Stay Home, Stay Safe Order instructions

September 2 (click here for video conference meeting link)
submit application by Mon., August 3
(filing instructions are in the application)

October 7 (click here for video conference meeting link)
submit application by Wed., August 26 (moved for newspaper holiday deadline)
(filing instructions are in the application)

November 4 (click here for video conference meeting link)
submit application by Mon., October 5
(filing instructions are in the application)

December 2 (click here for video conference meeting link)
submit application by Mon., November 2
(filing instructions are in the application)


2021 Meeting Dates and Submission Deadlines

January 6, 2021
submit application by Mon., December 7
(filing instructions are in the application)

February 3, 2021
submit application by Mon., January 4, 2021 
(filing instructions are in the application)

[remainder of meeting schedule will be posted in 2021]

Application Review Process
  • BZA applications are reviewed by the Building Official and City Planner to determine if they are complete. Incomplete applications are returned to the applicant for additional information. 
  • Due to statutory publication requirements, incomplete or deficient applications are deferred to a future BZA meeting based upon when the necessary information is received. 
  • For complete applications, City staff prepares a public hearing notice for publication in the newspaper and mails notification to the applicant and property owners located within 300 feet of the property in which the request is located. 
  • Complete applications are provided to BZA members prior to the meeting. 
  • Staff reviews are provided to the petitioner by email prior to the scheduled meeting.

 


Meeting Information

All meetings begin at 7pm unless otherwise noted.  Public welcome to attend. 

Meetings are held at City Hall - Council Chambers, 215 W. Main Street, Northville, Michigan, 48167, 248-449-9902 unless otherwise noted. 

 

Meeting Procedure

Petitioner appears on his/her own behalf, or by representation.  Failure to do so will result in the petition being tabled.  

Petitioner is responsible for covering all fees associated with rescheduling the meeting.

Meeting format is as follows: 

  • Introduction of the petition by the City
  • Petitioner presentation
  • Public hearing
  • Deliberation
  • Motion and Vote

BZA members have the authority to grant a lesser variance than requested upon finding justice shall be served.  In addition, the BZA may require conditions related to the site, operation, and/or use to mitigate the impact of any variance.

Approvals and Permits

Approval of a Non-Use (Dimensional) Variance is valid for one year.  The application for a building permit or zoning/compliance permit must be submitted within this period. 

Approval of a Use Variance is valid for one year, during which time the use must be established on the subject site or a building permit obtained.