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Intentional Breach of Positive Statutory Duty
Title XV Chapter 154 §154.004 CONFORMANCE WITH REGULATIONS REQUIRED

No building, structure or land shall be used and no building or part thereof shall be erected, raised, moved, reconstructed, extended, enlarged or altered except in conformity with this chapter.

Cursory review - existing development raised; illegal redevelopment

  • ZBA Case 05-2015 - SUP-15-__ 1023 S. Main 005 authorized 006 
  • ZBA Case 03-2015 - SUP-15-03 1024/1026 S. Main 011 postponed 018 
  • ZBA Case 02-2014 - SUP-14-10 911 S. Main 008 authorized 009 
  • ZBA Case 19-2013 - SUP-13-15 1014 S. Main 010 authorized 011 
  • ZBA Case 12-2013 - SUP-13-12 1016 S. Main 011 authorized 012 
  • ZBA Case 17-2013 - SUP-13-14 403 & 431 E. Bellows 019 authorized 022 
  • ZBA Case 11-2013 - SUP-13-11 808 & 810 Pleasant 023 authorized 029 
  • ZBA Case 21-2012 – SUP-13-03 1010 S. Washington 008 authorized 009 
  • ZBA Case 20-2012 – SUP-13-04 1008 S. Washington 008 authorized 009 
  • ZBA Case 19-2012 – SUP-13-02/05 1020/1006 S. Washington 051 authorized 060 
  • ZBA Case 16-2012 – SUP-12-12 1028 S. Washington 008 authorized 010 
  • ZBA Case 15-2012 – SUP-12-11 1018 S. Franklin 006 authorized 010 
  • ZBA Case 02-2012 – SUP-12-04 1003 Douglas 009 authorized 011 
  • ZBA Case 01-2012 – SPR-12-02 221 Clayton 005 authorized 006 
  • ZBA Case 11-2011 – SPR-11-09 815 W. Broadway 006 authorized 008 
  • ZBA Case 06-2011 – SPR-11-10 1018 S. Main 011 authorized 012 
  • ZBA Case 16-2010SPR-11-03 1005 S. Main 010 authorized 012 
  • ZBA Case 13-2010SPR-11-04 1007 S. Main 008 authorized 012 
  • ZBA Case 12-2010SPR-10-23 1001 S. Main/104 E. Gaylord 010 authorized 012 
  • ZBA Case 06-2010SPR-10-07 1023/1025 S. Washington 011 authorized 012 
  • ZBA Case 06-2009SPR-09-25 802 S. Main 008 authorized 012 
  • ZBA Case 02-2009SPR-09-08 1028 S. Lansing 005 authorized 006 
  • ZBA excepted        – SPR-04-08 West Campus Dr. 156 authorized 210 
(density based on Isabella Co. GIS)

Common to developments:

  • Zoning Board of Appeals does not find practical difficulty of development conforming to ordinance standards.
  • Plan specifications do not conform to standards and requirements contained in the Zoning Ordinances.
  • Zoning Board of Appeals does not hear and decide enforcement decision appeal.
  • Existing development Conforming Use

Statutory language is unambiguous:

City Code § 154.163(A) Appeals The Zoning Board of Appeals shall have the power to hear and decide upon appeals ...
City Code § 154.164(A) Applications for a variance shall be submitted and served in the same manner as provided for appeals ...
City Code § 154.169(A)... the Planning Commission is empowered to review site plans ...
MCL 125.3604(7) ... The ordinance shall establish procedures for the review and standards for approval of all types of variances.
Variance request is not enforcement decision appeal, Zoning Board of Appeals conducts hearings (SPR-04-08 excepted)
City Code § 154.164(D) To obtain a non-use or dimensional variance, the applicant must show practical difficulty by demonstrating ... (1) That there are exceptional or extraordinary circumstances or conditions applying to the property in question ... that do not apply generally to other properties ...
MCL 125.3604(7) If there are practical difficulties for nonuse variances ... , the zoning board of appeals may grant a variance ...
Cause for variance not found, Building Official issues permits and certificates
City Code § 154.169(D) Decisions conditionally approving or rejecting the site plans shall be based upon standards and requirements contained in the Zoning Ordinances.
MCL 125.3501(4) A decision rejecting, approving, or conditionally approving a site plan shall be based upon requirements and standards contained in the zoning ordinance ...
Plan specifications not found in the zoning ordinance, Planning Commission approves plans
Reference 20091114