Zoning Board of Appeals

The ZBA hears appeals in matters relating to the zoning ordinance.

Zoning Board of Appeals

Rachel Terpstra

Board Liaison

Term ends: November 2024

Jack Ketchum

Planning Commission Liaison

Term ends: March 2022

Larry Mierle


Term ends: March 2024

George Postmus


Term ends: March 2022

Thomas TenCate


Term ends: March 2024

Ellen delaRosa-Pearn


Term ends: March 2024


The Spring Lake Township ZBA will meet at Barber School, 102 W. Exchange Street, Spring Lake, Michigan at 7:00 PM on the fourth Thursday of every month, except November (no meeting) and December (meeting the first Thursday). See the meetings & events calendar to view all scheduled meetings.

Procedures for Variances, Authorizations, and Determinations

Variances, authorizations and determinations are decided by the Zoning Board of Appeals. Contact Lukas Hill, Community Development Director, for assistance with your application.

Variances may be applied for when a unique undue hardship is present on the property. Variances have the most stringent requirements that must be met before a variance can be granted.
Standards for Variances

Authorizations are required when a proposed accessory building or attached garage is larger than allowed by right.
Standards for Accessory Building Authorizations
Standards for Attached Garage Authorizations

Determinations are made for waterfront setbacks when the Zoning Administrator determines there is an unusual shoreline configuration, unusual topographical problem, or unusual circumstance.
Standards for Waterfront Setback Determinations

See the Zoning Ordinance for complete information.
Zoning Ordinance – Complete Text

Zoning Board of Appeals Application - $350 fee and $300 escrow deposit required

2022 Meeting Minutes & Agendas


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