Zoning Board of Appeals


The Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) is governed by a nine-member board that is appointed by City Council. Members serve three year terms. Members must reside in the City of Westland. The Zoning Board of Appeals may grant an appeal and modify the Zoning Ordinance based on practical difficulties or unnecessary hardships in carrying out the regulations of the ordinance. Zoning Board of Appeals Applications (PDF) for variances are filed with the Clerk's Office.


  • Zoning Board of Appeals Attorney

  • Daniel Murphy
    Term expires: June 21, 2024
  • David Rappaport, Vice-Chairman
    Term expires: May 6, 2026
  • Eileen DeHart-Schoof
    Term expires: May 12, 2025
  • Mary Vellardita
    Term expires: June 6, 2025
  • Vacant
    Term expires: 
  • Adam Gorring
    Term expires: October 15, 2024
  • Benny McGough
    Term expires: May 12, 2025
  • Tim Furlong
    Term expires: January 3, 2025
  • Vacant
    Term expires: 

Desired Skills

  • Civil Engineering / Architecture Background
  • Building / Construction Background
  • Land Use Planning / Urban Renewal Background
  • Property Law Background

Diversity Breakdown

The information provided in the charts below and under each individual Board or Commission was self reported and the City does not warrant the accuracy of the information.

Age Breakdown
Ethnicity Breakdown
ZBA Age BreakdownZBA Ethnicity Breakdown
Gender Breakdown
Geography Breakdown
ZBA Gender BreakdownZBA Geography Breakdown


The ZBA meets on the third Wednesday of each month.
View the Boards and Commission Calendar for meeting information.

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
View Most Recent Agendas and Minutes (PDF) | View All Agendas and Minutes