This body is required and regulated by state law. One of its major duties is the development of the city's Comprehensive Plan, a master plan for current and future land use. In accordance with this plan and the current Zoning Ordinance, the Planning Commission provides recommendations to the City Commission on re-zoning requests and changes to the Zoning Ordinance text. The Planning Commission also has responsibility for reviewing and approving Special Use Permits, and site plans for buildings within WMU's Business, Technology and Research Park.
Meeting Frequency: Monthly, on the first Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the City Commission Chambers at City Hall
Affecting Legislation: The Michigan Planning Enabling Act (Public Act 33 of 2008; MCL 125.3811 et seq.); Section 11.2 of Appendix A of the Kalamazoo City Code (The Zoning Code)
Term Limit: 3 year Terms, limited to 2 Consecutive Terms, then 3 year break.