Planning and Zoning

Gratiot County administers planning and zoning for six (6) townships in the County, including Lafayette, Sumner, North Star, Hamilton, Newark, and Elba. All other townships and cities are self-zoned. The Zoning Officer for County Zoned townships is the County Building Official, Chad Doyle. The Gratiot County Zoning Ordinance is designed to promote the public health, public safety, general welfare, to encourage coordinated and sensible land use and to conserve the expenditure of funds to obtain most advantageous use of our land and resources.

Gratiot County Zoning Ordinance -being updated

Planning Commission

Created under Michigan Statue, the Gratiot County Planning Commission consists of five (5) members appointed by the Board of Commissioners, each serving a three -year term. The Planning Commission is, in general, responsible for

1. Recommending text amendments of the Zoning Ordinance to the Board of Commissioners
2. Recommending amendments of Zoning Districts to the Board of Commissioners
3. Approving or denying applications for special land use permits
4. Reviewing PA 116 applications before submission to the Board of Commissioners
5. Various other functions as required under State statute

The Planning Commission does not have regularly scheduled meetings, rather, they meet on an as needed basis. For further information, please contact the Permits Office or see the Permits Office Fee Schedule for a schedule of fees related to this Commission.

Gratiot County Zoning Board of Appeals

Required by the Gratiot County Zoning Ordinance. The Zoning Board of Appeals is an independent body charged with handling all questions that arise in the administration of the Zoning Ordinance. In general, the zoning Board of Appeals may

1. Grant requests for variances
2. Decide appeals of administrative orders or enforcement decisions
3. Interpret zoning district boundaries when they are unclear
4. Clarify language of the ordinance or decide when it applies in a given circumstance
5. Decide appeals from the designation of non-conforming uses or structures

The Board consists of seven (7) members appointed by the Board of Commissioners, each serving three -year terms. The Zoning Board of Appeals does not have regularly scheduled meetings, rather, they meet on an as needed basis. For further information, please contact the Permits Office or see the Permits Office Fee Schedule for a schedule of fees related to this Board.