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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.
    Upcoming Zoning Ordinance Amendments

    Informational Meetings are scheduled for: 

    flyer 1-8-18 west grand.pdfMonday, January 8, 2018 2:00 - 4:00 pm
    West Grand Neighborhood Org., 415 Leonard St NW

    flyer 1-9-18 da blodgett.pdfTuesday, January 9, 2018 9:00 - 11:00 am
    D.A. Blodgett St. John's, 805 Leonard St NE

    flyer 1-10-18 alger ms.pdfWednesday, January 10, 2018 5:00 - 7:00 pm
    Alger Middle School, 921 Alger St SE

    Materials can be reviewed in advance at:
    (Recommendations 3, 6, 8, and 9)
    A public hearing by the Planning Commission is scheduled for
    Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 1:00 pm at 1120 Monroe NW, 2nd floor.

    Please email with questions.

    Click each date for the (very basic) presentation materials
    COMMUNITY ZONING CODE DISCUSSION 11 2 17.pdf11 2 2017 and COMMUNITY ZONING CODE DISCUSSION 10 23 17.pdf10 23 2017
    What's happening over there?
    The South Division Development Plan is in process right now. 
    The Planning Department is currently leading an effort to create an Area Specific Plan for the South Division Corridor that defines the vision for the community and expectations for future development. ​As residents, business owners, and neighborhood leaders, let's come together to define the future of this important corridor.
    Meetings are scheduled for Tuesday evenings, 6:00 - 8:00 pm at the Kroc Center (2500 S. Division Ave.) from November 7 to December 12, 2017. Please contact Senior Project Manager Courtney Magaluk at with questions.
    2016-2017 Development Update 
    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.


    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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