Zoning Board of Appeals

Regular Meetings

  • 5:00 p.m.
  • 3rd Wednesday of every month
  • Henry L. Brown Municipal Building
    1 Grand Street
    City Council Chamber
    Coldwater, MI 49036


  • Jim Bilsborrow - Alternate
    Term: December, 2006 - May, 2017
  • Dennis Cole
    Term: October, 2012 - May, 2018
  • Mike Eddy
    Term: June, 2004 - May, 2019
  • Joseph Hayes
    Term: May, 2016 - May, 2019
  • Jeff Holbrook - Alternate
    Term: August, 2016 - May, 2018
  • Michael Renshaw
    Term: October, 1996 - May, 2020
  • Gordon Swan
    Term: February, 2004 - May, 2020


The City of Coldwater Zoning Board of Appeals has two primary responsibilities. The first of these is to interpret the language of the City of Coldwater Zoning Ordinance (PDF) when its meaning is unclear, or when there is uncertainty as to whether the language applies to a particular situation. The board is also responsible for the interpretation of the zoning map, including questions concerning the location of zoning district boundaries.

The Zoning Board of Appeals also considers requests for dimensional variances. The City of Coldwater Zoning Ordinance contains dimensional requirements (distance, size, height and width) for items such as fencing, signage and building setbacks. A variance is required of anyone wishing to construct over and beyond the limits set forth in the ordinance. Residents are urged to contact the Neighborhood Services Department prior to the start of any project to ensure that it is compliant with the City of Coldwater Zoning Ordinance and, if necessary, inquire about the variance process.

Note: Please remember, if you plan to make any changes to your property, including new construction, additions to your home and/or garage, signage, fencing, home occupations, etc., contact the appropriate City office for information. In most instances certain regulations are in place, and prior approval is required.