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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.


    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.

    Click here to download the document


    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 reviewed the draft document on January 26, 2017 and forwarded the plan on to the City Commission.  On February 14, 2017, the City Commission released the Grandville Avenue Area Specific Plan for public review.  Public comment will be taken until March 29.
    Correspondence should be directed to:
    City of Grand Rapids Planning Department
    1120 Monroe NW, 3rd Floor
    Grand Rapids, MI 49503
    or via email at:
    Upon conclusion of the public comment period, a public hearing will be held by the Planning Commission, tentatively scheduled for April 13. 
    If the Planning Commission recommends approval of the plan, it will be forwarded to the City Commission for review and adoption. The anticipated City Commission adoption date is April 25, 2017. 

    Proposed zoning ordinance amendments (2016-2017)

    The Planning Commission recommended approval of the amended zoning ordinance after a public hearing on December 8, 2016. The City Commission has scheduled a public hearing for 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 14, 2017. Please download the amended ordinance, as proposed, using the links to a PDF of either version here:
    2017 Proposed Zoning Ordinance Text.pdf2017 Proposed Zoning Ordinance Text.pdf (clean version - no markup; ~2.6Mb)
    2017 Proposed Zoning Ordinance Text REDLINE.pdf2017 Proposed Zoning Ordinance Text REDLINE.pdf ("redline" version - showing markup; ~6.2 Mb)
    Map Amendments_reduced.pdfMap Amendments.pdf (proposed map changes & addresses; ~2.8 Mb)
    All are invited to attend the public hearing to express support, concerns, or general comments. Written correspondence may also be submitted to the City Commission, in lieu of a personal appearance at the public hearing, by email to
    Click here to download a copy of the presentation from the Community Meeting regarding proposed Zoning Ordinance amendments on 11/29/2016: PRESENTATION.pdf11-29-16 Meeting Presentation.pdf

    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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