Thomas Township

Basic Responsibilities of the Zoning Board of Appeals – Roles, Responsibilities and Guidelines

How an Appeal Reaches the Zoning Board of Appeals

There are a number of steps that take place prior to a case being presented to the Zoning Board of Appeals.   Typically, the first contact with a potential applicant is made by the applicant contacting the staff of the Community Development Department.  These informal meetings or inquiries often provide useful background in developing the Appeal and help residents, developers and business owners determine if there is a hardship or practical difficulty.

  • Applicant contacts the Township to file and appeals.
  • Applicant completes application and submits to the Township
  • Staff coordinates application process, performs review and schedules public hearing and/or meeting as required including any public notices.

 What the Zoning Board of Appeals Does

There are basically three types of cases which the Zoning Board of Appeals will hear:

1.     An Appeal of an Administrative Decision.  This type of case occurs when a citizen appeals a decision made by the zoning administrator, other review body or other official under the guidelines of the Township’s ordinance.

2.     A Request for an Interpretation.  This type of case occurs when a citizen or public official requests an interpretation of the zoning ordinance in terms of a specific use, classification or zoning boundary.

3.     A Variance.  Townships are specifically authorized to grant dimensional variances, which are requests for relief from the typical enforcement and administration of the ordinance due to specific and varied circumstances.

Thomas Township General/Zoning Ordinances

Contact Us

Monday - Friday
8am-5pm

249 North Miller Road
Saginaw, MI 48609-4896

PHONE: 781-0150

Sports Registration – 2019

Register Today

Community Calendar

August 2019
SundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday
July 28, 2019July 29, 2019July 30, 2019

Category: Community EventsPicnic In The Park Concert Series- Laurie & The Lefties

Picnic In The Park Concert Series- Laurie & The Lefties
July 31, 2019August 1, 2019August 2, 2019August 3, 2019

Category: Community EventsShields Lions Club Parade

Shields Lions Club Parade
August 4, 2019August 5, 2019

Category: Community EventsBoard Meeting

Board Meeting
August 6, 2019

Category: Community EventsPicnic In The Park Concert Series- Michele Spitz

Picnic In The Park Concert Series- Michele Spitz
August 7, 2019August 8, 2019August 9, 2019August 10, 2019

Category: Community EventsBrush Site Open

Brush Site Open
August 11, 2019August 12, 2019August 13, 2019

Category: Community EventsZoning Board of Appeals (if needed)

Zoning Board of Appeals (if needed)

Category: Community EventsPicnic In The Park Concert Series- Todd Michael Band

Picnic In The Park Concert Series- Todd Michael Band
August 14, 2019August 15, 2019August 16, 2019August 17, 2019

Category: Community EventsRuff Around Roberts Park

Ruff Around Roberts Park
August 18, 2019August 19, 2019August 20, 2019August 21, 2019

Category: Community EventsPlanning Commission Meeting

Planning Commission Meeting
August 22, 2019August 23, 2019

Category: Community EventsSpecial Board Meeting

Special Board Meeting
August 24, 2019

Category: Community EventsBrush Site Open

Brush Site Open
August 25, 2019August 26, 2019

Category: Community EventsParks Commission Meeting

Parks Commission Meeting
August 27, 2019August 28, 2019August 29, 2019

Category: Community EventsOffice Closed For Staff Training

Office Closed For Staff Training
August 30, 2019August 31, 2019

Change Text Size

Subscribe by text message!

We send out SMS updates when we publish a new post. Enter your details below to subscribe.






In your normal local format.

Free SMS Notifications powered by Clockwork SMS.