ABCs of ZBAs - Gaylord

When:  May 15, 2024 from 13:00 to 16:30 (ET)
Zoning Board of Appeals: What’s Your Role?

The zoning board of appeals (ZBA) was created as a safety valve, in recognition that the zoning ordinance is not able to anticipate how every property might be affected by zoning. With thousands of individual properties, a single zoning regulation cannot possibly be applied uniformly to every property’s unique physical characteristics. MTA’s May workshop, The ABCs of ZBAs, will demonstrate how the ZBA serves as a safety valve in those circumstances where zoning requirements don’t fit.

Explore how variances approved without sufficient justification can turn the safety valve into a leak, and a leak into a flood. Whether you’ve been a member of your township’s zoning board of appeals (ZBA) for many years or were recently appointed, this afternoon class will assist you in carrying out your responsibilities. Elected officials can learn more about the role of the ZBA and the relationship it has with the board. Explore the ZBA’s authority, duties and roles, including use of alternates and when a conflict of interest might  exist. Dig into ZBA review standards, variances, appeals of administrative decisions and interpretations, and hear about other duties that may be assigned to ZBAs.

Lunch is included with registration and will begin at noon. The workshop is held from 1 to 4:30 p.m.

Discounted book package available! Pre-purchase MTA’s Planning & Zoning Book Package with your registration and get both books for just $77*! This package includes The Township Guide to Planning & Zoning (2019 edition) and Planning & Zoning Decision-making (2019 edition). The Township Guide to Planning & Zoning provides a detailed look at the planning process and outlines elements of a successful planning program, while Planning & Zoning Decision-making aims to help planning and zoning officials reach defensible, effective decisions and build a strong community based on sound planning principles and procedures. Books will be distributed at check-in. A limited number of publications will also be available to purchase on-site. To purchase this package during online registration, add it on the "sessions" page before you check out. (*Member rate; non-members call for pricing.)

Registration and lunch begins at noon, class is held from 1 to 4:30 p.m.