Board of Zoning Appeals

Department in Charge of This Board

Planning Department

About the Board

We deal with requests for deviations from Zoning Code requirements. We focus on these areas:

  • Reviewing requests for dimensional, use, and sign variances.
  • Reviewing appeals of decisions by the Planning Director or Planning Commission
  • Interpreting Zoning Ordinance language

Meeting Schedule

We meet on the third Thursday of every month at 1:00 pm.

Paper Schedule

Download Annual Meeting Schedule

We Keep a schedule of all meeting changes/cancellations.

Meeting Location

Development Center
1120 Monroe Ave. NW
Meeting Room 201

Webpage

You can access the Board of Zoning Appeals page using this link:

Board of Zoning Appeals Details

You'll see a quick description of the board and a list of its members at the top of the page. You can also find meeting minutes, agendas, and other important documents on this page.

Note: scroll near the bottom of the page. The meeting schedule, minutes, and agendas are below the listing of board members.

Member Details

  • 9 members
  • 2 alternate members are appointed to serve in case of the absence of a permanent member
  • The City Commission appoints members on the first Monday in January
  • Members cannot hold other public office or public employment while serving on board

Rafael Castanon

City Commission Appointment
Ward 2 Resident
Term ends 1/4/2021 

Juan Davis, Vice Chairperson

City Commission Appointment
Ward 1 Resident
Term ends 1/6/2020

Ryan Kilpatrick

City Commission Appointment
Ward 2 Resident
Term ends 1/6/2020

Alecia Lewis

Pending Oath of Office
City Commission Appointment
Ward 1 Resident
Term ends 1/3/2022

Lynn Rabaut, Board Chairperson

City Commission Appointment
Ward 2 Resident
Term ends 1/6/2020

Cortney Schaffer

Pending Oath of Office
City Commission Appointment
Ward 3 Resident
Term ends 1/3/2022

Phillip Slot, Alternate

City Commission Appointment
Ward 3 Resident
Term ends 1/4/2021

Ron Smith

Pending Oath of Office
City Commission Appointment
Ward 3 Resident
Term ends 1/3/2022

Lawrence Zeiser, Alternate

City Commission Appointment
Ward 2 Resident
Term ends 1/4/2021

Vacancy

City Commission Appointment
Term ends 1/3/2022 

Vacancy

City Commission Appointment
Term ends 1/6/2020 

Residency Requirement
You must live within the city limits of Grand Rapids to be a member of this board.

No Term Limits
Each term lasts 3 years. There is no term limit, so you can serve an unlimited number of terms.

Compensation
Members receive $10.00 per meeting they attend. They also get $10.00 for each inspection committee they serve on.