Planning Board

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Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
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Members


The Lansing Planning Board is made up of 8 members (PDF), who are appointed by the Mayor, confirmed by City Council, and serve without pay. One is appointed from each ward, and 4 are at-large. Two Council members are also appointed by Council to serve as ex-officio, non-voting members for 1-year terms.

Board Overview


The Board has all of the powers and duties granted to municipal planning commissions by statute [the Michigan Planning Enabling Act (P.A. 33 of 2008)], and all the powers provided by City Charter.

Comprehensive Planning


The Planning Board developed and adopted the Design Lansing Comprehensive Plan, which was also adopted by City Council on April 9, 2012. The Board will be considering an update to that Plan by 2017. The update, like the current Plan, will consider the impact of social, physical and economic factors.

Land Use Regulation


The Board is also responsible for making recommendations for land use regulations, such as zoning and special land use permits, as required by statute, to implement the Plan. One of the Plan's recommendations is that the City adopt a Form-Based Code, a zoning approach that focuses less on a building's use, and more on its form and appearance. Until that is completed and adopted, the Board makes land use recommendations based on the current code.

Capital Improvements Program


The Michigan Planning Act and the City Charter also charge the Board with preparing and approving a 6-year Capital Improvements Program (CIP) prior to its submission to the Mayor and City Council (5-602.3). A CIP shows those public structures and improvements, in the general order of their priority, based upon the requirements of the City for all types of public structures and improvements.

Act 33 Review


Another Board responsibility is to review public improvements in accordance with the requirements of Act 33. The Act requires the Board to review the location, character, and extent of public improvements prior to their financing and implementation. By ordinance, the Board is charged with applying the same review standards to City property transactions.