Zoning Board of Appeals

The Fabius Township Zoning Board of Appeals handles requests for variances from the requirements of the Zoning Ordinance.  Most such requests involve setback distances from the front, rear, or side lot lines.

Normally, the Zoning Administrator / Building Inspector will point out when a variance may be needed and  provides application forms.

To be granted a variance from the Zoning Ordinance, an applicant has to show that a peculiar or exceptional practical difficulty would occur if the ordinance was strictly enforced.  Reasons, such as narrowness, shallowness, shape, area, or topography, must be shown.  The problem cannot be self-created and the solution must not substantially interfere with others or be a detriment to the public good.

Approval of a variance request is not a certainty and if turned down, the fee is not refundable.

Decisions of the ZBA can only be modified or overturned by an appeal to the Circuit Court.  By law, neither the Township Board nor the Planning Commission may have any influence on  variance decisions.

Information on this page is general in nature. In all cases, the applicable specific sections of the Zoning Ordinance should be consulted.

If you have questions call or write Doug Kuhlman, Zoning Administrator:
Doug Kuhlman
65656 Burg Rd.
Sturgis, MI  49091
Tel:  269-651-3130
Fax:  269-651-3131
Email:  municipalzoning@gmail.com

or

Dave Hassenger
15098 Hoffman Rd. TR, MI 49093
Home: 269-816-3080
Email:  ddhassenger@yahoo.com.

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