Lincoln Township
Clare County, Michigan

Zoning and Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA)

Get Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Zoning.

ZBA Meetings are scheduled only as needed, and ONLY Approved Minutes may be posted.
ZBA Meetings notices are posted at least 15 days before their date.  Check the homepage for meeting notices.

The ZBA is a quasi-judicial board with the power to grant variances to the requirements of the Lincoln Township Zoning Ordinance upon findings of certain facts and/or condition that exist. The Zoning Ordinance provides for three areas of Appeal:
  • A use or area (dimensional) variance;
  • An appeal of an administrative decision; and
  • An interpretation of the Zoning Map or Zoning Ordinance text.

The ZBA meets at least one time annually for the purpose of selecting from its membership a Chair, Vice-Chair and Secretary and to tend to any other business as may be necessary, such as updating the ZBA Bylaws and Rules of Procedure.

The ZBA meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month as necessary, at 7PM at the Township Hall located at 175 Lake George Ave., Lake George, Michigan. Applications for Variance, must be submitted no less than 60 days prior to the meeting at which you desire it to be considered.

 Zoning Administrator:
Mary Abbott
PO Box 239
Lake George, MI  48633

ZBA Board Members:
Tom Godau, Chair
   989-588-6989      PO Box 269 Lake Goerge, MI 48633
Jerry Bridges, Twp. Board Liaison
Marshall Swanson, Vice Chair
   989-588-4558   PO Box 58 Lake George, MI 48633
Tamara McCaslin, Plan. Comm. Liaison
Cynthia Englehardt, Secretary
Kim Smith, Alternate

Click HERE for ZBA Meeting Minutes ~ Zoning Board of Appeals Bylaws

Zoning Ordinance (2 Mb)
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View the Township Zoning Map: Zoning Map

 Related Forms:
Both the Building Permit and the Zoning Permit are needed to begin a building project.


ONLY Approved Minutes may be posted (approval does not happen until there is another variance request).


Zoning Board of Appeals Approved Meeting Minutes, 2014 to present

 Most current minutes:

Archive for 2014 to present



























  Update ZBA



Zoning Ordinance Initiative Meeting Minutes: 2015

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Planning Commission and ZBA Meeting Minutes from 2011-2013

Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting Minutes (Approved) 2011-2013
(approval does not happen until there is another variance request)


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Archive of 2008 - 2010 Minutes
Click on the date of the Minutes you want to view.

These Meeting Minutes are PDF documents
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Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting Minutes 2008 - 2010
These minutes are approved.
(approval does not happen until there is another variance request)

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