Filer Township

Zoning Board of Appeals

The purpose of the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) is to hear and decide appeals to the administration’s interpretation of a Zoning Code requirement, or to hear appeals for a variance from the Zoning Code requirements. The Zoning Board of Appeals authority is set forth by the Michigan Zoning Enabling Act 2006 PA 110 MCL 125.3101 et seq.

The Zoning Board of Appeals is tasked with interpreting any and all provisions of the Zoning Code in a manner that seeks to carry out the interests and general purposes of the Code. The Zoning Board of Appeals has the authority to grant, modify, or deny any requested variances. Any actions taken by the board must be supported by known facts based on conditions, including practical difficulties, unnecessary hardships, exceptional circumstances, affected value of adjacent properties and public street congestion. All decisions made by the Zoning Board of Appeals must be firmly based in the long-term interests of the community.

The Zoning Board of Appeals shall act upon the following questions as they arise:

  • The interpretation of the zoning map and zoning chapter text.
  • Appeals from a requirement, decision or determination made by an administrative official charged with the enforcement of this chapter, with the exception of approval or denial of special use permits and site plans by the Planning Commission.
  • Requests for variance in the requirements of this chapter including height, setback building size, lot coverage, lot width and lot size as well as street parking and loading requirements.
  • All decisions made by the Zoning Board of Appeals shall be final. See Township Ordinance for the Appeal process.

Please contact the Filer Township Zoning Administrator for application and questions.

Meeting Schedule

RESOLVED: That the Zoning Board of Appeals of the Charter Township of Filer, Manistee County, Michigan does hereby
establish that there will be one (1) regular meeting held yearly on the third Tuesday of January by the Charter Township
of Filer Zoning Board of Appeals as follows: All regular meetings will be held at the Charter Township of Filer Hall, 2505
Filer City Road, Manistee, MI 49660

2022 Schedule
January 18, 2022 at 6:00 p.m.
Special meetings shall be called and held at the discretion of the Zoning Board of Appeals
and with proper and due notice of such special meetings

Under the provisions of the Law and Statue provided, the Resolution mentioned above is hereby adopted by the Charter Township of Filer Zoning Board of Appeals in this meeting assembled this 18 day of January 2022, at the Filer Charter Township Hall, 2505 Filer City Road, Manistee, Michigan 49660.

Current Board Members

ChairJennifer Williams
Vice-ChairRon Gutowski
SecretaryLinda Rogers