County offers training for zoning boards

The Ottawa County Planning Commission will host a "Zoning Board of Appeals: Basic Training Seminar' from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, at the Administration Building in the Ottawa County Fillmore Street Complex in West Olive.
Nov 3, 2011


The training session is open to zoning board of appeals members, professional planners, local government officials, students and interested citizens who want to learn more about issues related to zoning. The seminar will provide an overview of the following topics: rationale behind zoning ordinances, methods for effectively interpreting zoning ordinances, techniques that can be used to objectively evaluate a proposed variance or nonconforming use, and methods to ensure that the administrative and decision-making processes relating to variances have been conducted in a legal manner.

The instruction for this seminar is being provided by attorneys Ronald Bultje and Daniel Martin from the law firm of Scholten Fant. Because the lawyer’s services are being donated, there is no charge for this event.

Pre-registration is appreciated. To register or obtain additional information, call the Ottawa County Planning and Performance Improvement Department at 616-738-4852 or e-mail


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