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    Suzanne Schulz
    Mission Statement
    The Planning Department exists to guide public and private development efforts and administer related City ordinances fairly. We carry out our responsibilities under the direction of the City Commission, appointed boards and commissions, and the City's Master Plan while respecting the overall views and interests of the community and people who are impacted by specific projects or changes.

    We believe in working with people to build consensus solutions that improve the quality of life in the community and help to make Grand Rapids a better place in which to live and work, and to visit.
    ​As city government representatives we pledge that people will be treated fairly, have the opportunity to be heard and will be respected in their dealings with the Planning Department.
    Due to lack of quorum, the May 25, 2017 Planning Commission meeting was cancelled. All public hearings scheduled for that meeting were rescheduled to a special meeting on Tuesday, June 13, 2017, beginning at 1:00 PM. We apologize for the inconvenience. Questions or concerns may be directed to or 616-456-4100.

    What's happening over there? 

    The City of Grand Rapids’ Planning Department has published a slide show to highlight the growing number of development projects occurring throughout the city. Projects are keyed on a map to assist the public with locating a particular property that has undergone, is undergoing, or about to undergo a change.
    Suzanne Schulz at awards luncheon 
    Congratulations to Director Suzanne Schulz  
    Planning Director Suzanne Schulz is the recipient of the Fair Housing Center of West Michigan's 2017 Fair Housing award. Every year, the award is given to individuals, businesses, or organizations that have made significant contributions to the progress of open and fair housing in West Michigan. Congratulations Suzanne!

    Grandville Avenue Area Specific Plan


    Adoption of an amendment to a City’s Master Plan is governed by the Michigan Planning Enabling Act, which sets out a specific process for review and approval. As established in the Act, a minimum 42-day comment period is required before an amendment can be considered for approval.
    The Planning Commission recommended approval of the plan at their meeting in March 2017, forwarding it to the City Commission for review and adoption. The anticipated City Commission adoption date is April 25, 2017. 

    Amended Zoning Ordinance

    The most recent amendments to the Zoning Ordinance were adopted by the City Commission in March 2017, and go into effect on April 27, 2017. The amended ordinance can be viewed in its entirety here:

    If you're looking for...

    ...Current or upcoming public hearings by the Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals, or Historic Preservation Commission:​
    Navigate to that board/commission's individual web page using the ​"Boards and Commissions" menu at the upper left. Watch for the "Agendas, E-Packets, and Minutes (Web Portal)" link.
    ...A specific zoning code provision: Navigate to the "Zoning Ordinance" page using the menu at the left and click on "Zoning Ordinance Text" on that page.
    ...the zoning of your property: Use the methods outlined on the "What's My Zoning?" page.
    ​ application for zoning approval, zoning verification, temporary use, etc.: ​Click on the "Forms and Applications" link in the menu.
    ...Bike Safety Education, Vital Streets, River Restoration, sustainability, or other projects: Click on the "Plans and Studies" link in the menu. River Restoration is part of the GR Forward Plan. For projects in specific neighborhoods, click the "Area Specific Plans" link.
    ​...information on Historic Districts or landmarks, including the new Story Map: ​Click on "Historic Preservation" via the "Boards and Commissions" link in the menu to the left.

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