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 2017
  • Gordon Swan
    Term: February 2004 - May 2017


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.