The Planning Commission is comprised of five members that are appointed to a three year term. The Planning Commission is the township body that was created through the authority of the Michigan Planning Enabling Act to make, adopt, extend, add to, or otherwise amend and to carry out plans for the township.
The Planning Commission is responsible for developing the township Master Plan and the township Zoning Ordinance that protects and enhances the public health, welfare, and safety.
Ultimately the decisions and recommendation made by the Planning Commission must embody the goals and objectives of the community in such a way as to enhance the quality of life for those who live, work in, or visit the community.
All agendas are subject to revision at the time of the meeting. Meeting notices will be posted in compliance with PA 267 of 1976 as amended (Open Meetings Act), MCLA 41.72a (2) (3), and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
The township board may designate the powers of a zoning board to a planning commission, including making recommendations as to a zoning plan, districts and ordinance, and, per the township's ordinance, approving special land uses, planned unit developments and site plans.
The township board of any township may create, by ordinance, a township planning commission with power to make, adopt, extend, add to or otherwise amend, and to carry out plans for the unincorporated portions of the township as provided in this act.
The planning commission can be comprised of 5, 7 or 9 members, who must be representative of important segments of the community, such as the economic, governmental, educational, and social development of the local unit of government, in accordance with the major interests as they exist in the local unit of government, such as agriculture, natural resources, recreation, education, public health, government, transportation, industry, and commerce. The membership must also be representative of the entire geography of the local unit of government to the extent practicable.
Members of a planning commission must be qualified electors of the township, except one planning commission member may be individual who is not a qualified elector. (To be a qualified elector, a person must be 18 years of age, a U.S. citizen, and have lived in the township at least 30 days. Property ownership is NOT required).
One member of the township board shall be an ex officio member of the planning commission. The supervisor cannot serve on the planning commission because of the supervisor's appointment authority.
All members of the planning commission shall be appointed by the township supervisor with the approval of the township board, for a term of 3 years with the exception of the ex officio member, whose term expires with his or her term on the township board.