| The Columbia Township Board of Appeals consists of three members appointed by the Township Board. The first member is a member of the Township Board. The second member shall be a member of the Planning Commission. The remaining member shall be an elector who is not an employee or contractor of the Township. Each member shall be appointed for a three year term, except that the term of office of the members who are also members of the Township Board or Planning Commission shall terminate if their membership on the Township Board or Planning Commission terminates before the end of the three year term. The Township Board may also appoint one or two alternate members to three year terms to serve whenever a regular member is unable to participate.
An appeal may be taken to the Zoning Board of Appeals by any person wishing to appeal for a variance from any ordinance provision or appeal any final decision of the Zoning Administrator or the Planning Commission. The Zoning Board of Appeals shall also interpret the zoning map and rule on non-conforming uses and structures whenever the determination of the Zoning Administrator is appealed. All appeals must be applied for in writing on forms provided by the Township.
The Zoning Board of Appeals shall have the authority to grant only non-use variances. Non-use variances may be granted whenever there can be shown to be practical difficulties or unnecessary hardships imposed in carrying out the strict letter of the Ordinance.
Please refer to the Columbia Township Zoning Ordinance for complete information on the Zoning Board of Appeals.