Zoning Board of Appeals

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In accordance with the Zoning Ordinance, Chapter 42, appeals from the strict applications of the provisions of the Zoning Ordinance may be made to the Zoning Board of Appeals upon finding the standards of practical difficulty or hardship have been met. Please review the Ordinance before submitting this application to assure compliance with the various provisions.

Please review the submission requirements, complete the application form, and submit all required information to the Planning Department for the Zoning Board of Appeals. The Zoning Board of Appeals meets the second Tuesday of every month (unless otherwise scheduled) at 7:00 PM held at the Township Hall.

Submittal Instructions

The following must accompany your completed application no later than the 1st day of the month prior to the following month's meeting.  No more than 20 applications will be accepted for each meeting.

  • Two full-sized and 8.5 inch by 11 inch copies of the SITE PLAN showing the location on the property, with accurate dimensions, including detail on the type of materials and appearance.  Also show detail on landscaping with types and sizes of plantings.  In the event that the subdivision association official has signed off on both site plans submitted, one copy may be returned to the applicant for the purpose of obtaining building permits. CD's are acceptable in the following file formats, PDF or HTML.
  • When applicable two copies of elevations must be submitted (front, sides and rear) showing façade material, window and door locations.  An 8.5 inch by 11 inch clear white copies of the elevations must also be submitted.
  • Check (or cash) in the specified amount – payable to Bloomfield Township.
  • Written comments by the Subdivision Association should be provided no later than the night of the scheduled meeting.  Failure to supply the Zoning Board of Appeals with written comment from the Subdivision Association may delay action by the Board.
  • Written approval of the neighbors may be beneficial if there is no active Association.
  • Photographs of the site. Pictures may be submitted in jpeg or tiff file format.

Appeal Guidelines

THE FOLLOWING GUIDELINES WILL BE CONSIDERED IN DETERMINING THE VALIDITY OF EACH VARIANCE REQUEST:

  • The proposed variance involves practical difficulties.
  • The proposed variance involves exceptional and unique circumstances.
  • The proposed variance will not impair the adequate supply of light and air to adjacent property owners nor increase congestion in public streets
  • The proposed variance will not increase the hazard of fire or flooding nor endanger the public safety.
  • The proposed variance will not unreasonably diminish or impair established values within the surrounding area.
  • The proposed variance will not in any other respect impair the public health, safety, comfort morals or welfare of inhabitants of the Township.
  • The proposed variance will not alter the essential character of the neighborhood.
  • The spirit of the Ordinance must be observed.

Meeting Schedule

Minutes and agendas are posted on Minutes on Demand which can be accessed from the Public Meetings page.

Meetings begin at 7:00 PM on the second Tuesday of each month, at the Township Hall, 4200 Telegraph Road. In the event of a holiday or Election Day, the Zoning Board of Appeals meetings are typically held on the third Tuesday of the month.

In the event a meeting date needs to be changed, the Board members will be notified and a notice will be posted at Township Hall.

2017

January 10 July 11
February 14 August 08
March 14 September 12
April 4 October 17 - Rescheduled due to Shemini Atzeret & Simchat Torah
May 9 November 14
June 13 December 12