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Zoning Board of Appeals

The Zoning Board of Appeals is established in accordance with Public Act 110 of 2006. The Zoning Board of Appeals is a quasi-judicial board consisting of five members. The Board is scheduled to meet on the first Wednesday of each month. However, they will not meet if there are no items of business to consider. The Mayor has historically served on the Zoning Board of Appeals and a member from the Planning Commission. The City Council appoints the members to serve three year terms, and also appoints two alternates to fill in for excused absences or conflicts of interest.

The Zoning Board of Appeals shall hear and decide appeals from and review any order, requirement, decision or determination made by the building official, any administrative official or administrative body charged with enforcement of the Farmington Zoning Ordinance where it is alleged by the appellant that there was an error or misinterpretation. The Zoning Board of Appeals mostly hears variance requests dealing with dimensional aspects of the Zoning Ordinance: set backs, building height requirements, etc. The Zoning Board of Appeals is also responsible for hearing sign and fence variance requests. Finally, while not a frequent occurrence, the Zoning Board of Appeals also hears cases dealing with interpretations of zoning map, text interpretations, and non-conforming situations.

  • 5 members
  • 2 alternate members also serve
  • 3-year term
  • Meets on the 1st Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m.
 Members Term
Kenneth Crutcher Planning Commission Rep
Paul Bertin, Chairperson 7/1/2021 - 6/30/2024
Karla Aren, Vice-Chairperson 7/1/2019 - 6/30/2022
Matt Schiffman, Secretary 6/8/2021 - 6/30/2024
Nathan Pitluk 9/17/2019 - 6/30/2022
Alternates Term
Eric Gensheimer

Training Tracking
7/1/2021 - 6/30/2024



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 Staff Liaison  
Jeffrey Bowdell, Building Official/
Code Enforcement
Jolene Leitner, Administrative Assistant 248-473-7250