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Zoning - Frequently Asked Questions

If the question you have isn't answered below, please contact the village's Zoning Administrator, Lori Luckett, at 231-533-8213 or stop by the village offices (M-F, 8-4). You can also contact her via email.

What is zoning?
How do I find out what my property is zoned?
How do I know what my property can be used for?
Can I change my property's zoning?
Where can I find information on a property?
Where can I find a copy of the zoning ordinance?
How do I apply for a zoning permit?
There are so many forms -- which one do I need to fill out?
How do I apply for a building permit?
What does the Planning Commission do?
What does the Zoning Board of Appeals do?
How are the Planning Commission & ZBA board members appointed?
What does the Zoning Administrator do?
What is a variance?
Why did I receive a public hearing notice? Am I required to attend?
How can I voice my opinion on an application if I am unable to attend the hearing?

What is zoning?
Zoning is the public regulation of land use. Zoning is managed by a set of laws called the zoning ordinance. This ordinance defines zoning districts and creates regulations about the use, placement, spacing and size of lots and structures.

How do I find out what my property is zoned?
If you can't determine your zoning from this zoning map, call the village's Zoning Administrator, Lori Luckett, at 231-533-8213.

How do I know what my property can be used for?
Once you know your property's zoning district, you can find the permitted uses in Article V of the village's zoning ordinance.

Can I change my property's zoning?
If you would like to request a change in your property's zoning district, please contact the village's Zoning Administrator at 231-533-8213. After a complete application is submitted and approved by the Zoning Administrator, the Planning Commission is required to hold a public hearing. All property owners within 300 feet of the property will be notified of the rezoning request. The Planning Commission will make a recommendation to the Village Council regarding the approval of the rezoning request. Final approval is the responsibility of council. Please see the current fee schedule for the rezoning application fee.

Where can I find information on a property?
The Antrim County website has information on all properties in the county. If you have an address, owner's name, or parcel number, the Parcel Search page could be useful. Otherwise, on the Map Index page, scroll down to see the green bar titled "Maps By Jurisdiction" in the right column and click on "Village of Bellaire."

Where can I find a copy of the zoning ordinance?
The current zoning ordinance can be found online or a copy can be purchased at the village offices. Also, a copy of the zoning ordinance is available for viewing at the Bellaire Public Library.

How do I apply for a zoning permit?
Complete the necessary form, sign, and return with the required fee to the village offices. The current fee schedule is available online or at the village offices.

There are so many forms -- which one do I need to fill out?
Please contact the Zoning Administrator at the village offices or call 231-533-8213 (M-F, 8-4). You can also contact her via email.

How do I apply for a building permit?
Building permits are issued by the Antrim County Construction Code Department; 231-533-8373.

What does the Planning Commission do?
One of the primary roles of the Planning Commission is to create the village's master plan. They also review site plans, special use permits, land divisions, and many other zoning-related applications. Another job of the Planning Commission is to review the zoning ordinane on a regular basis and recommend any zoning amendments to the village council.

By law, the Planning Commission meetings must be open to the public. Any time a quorum of Planning Commissioners is gathered, the meeting becomes official and must be advertised and open to the public.

What does the Zoning Board of Appeals do?
The ZBA fills a quasi-judicial function by hearing appeals, requests for interpretations and for dimensional and use variances.

How are the Planning Commission & ZBA board members appointed?
Board members are appointed by the village council. If you could like to be considered for an appointment, please contact the village offices or a council member.

What does the Zoning Administrator do?
The ZA provides applicants with forms, explains procedures, and helps guide them through the application process. They review applications and inspect sites for compliance. The ZA's primary role is to administer the zoning ordinance exactly as the ordinance was written.

What is a variance?
When you get right down to it, a variance is a license to break the law, in this case the zoning ordinance. A variance is not intended to be easy to achieve.

There are two types of variances: use and nonuse. Non-use is the most common, often involving setbacks. A use variance asks for a variance in how the land is used.

Variances are granted by the Zoning Board of Appeals. If you have more specific questions, please contact the Zoning Administrator at the village offices or call 231-533-8213 (M-F, 8-4). You can also contact her via email.

Why did I receive a public hearing notice? Am I required to attend?
State of Michigan law requires that property owners within 300 of a special use permit application be notified of the application. Nearby property owners are also notified of rezoning and variance requests. Attendance at the special hearing is not required.

How can I voice my opinion on an application if I am unable to attend the hearing?
If you are not able to appear in person, you can submit your written opinion to: Zoning Administrator, 202 N. Bridge St., PO Box 557, Bellaire, MI 49615. You can also submit an opinion by fax (231-533-4183) or via email. Comments must be in writing. Verbal comments about an application cannot be relayed to the Planning Commission.

 

Village of Bellaire
202 N. Bridge St.
P.O. Box 557
Bellaire, MI 49615
231-533-8213
231-533-4183 fax
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