The Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) is governed by a seven-member board that is appointed by members of the city council. Members serve three-year terms and must reside in the City of Westland.
McGough first expressed his desire to be a member of the ZBA in January 2010 and has since been reappointed each term. No stranger to serving the city, McGough also served for 10 years on the city planning commission. This term will expire May 2025.
Vellardita was first appointed to the ZBA in May 2014. She is currently employed with Wayne County Community College District. Vellardita spends her time volunteering across Westland. She is a current member of the Rotary Club of Westland. Her term will expire in June 2025.
“We are excited to reappoint both Benny McGough and Mary Vellardita to serve another three-year term on the zoning board of appeals. We look forward to supporting them and their continued work with the city,” said Council President James Hart.
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 for variances are filed with the office of the city clerk.