Planning & Zoning

COVID-19 operations

We are operating with a staffing level of 50% due to continued furloughs. Our goal is to still be able to provide a high level of service and in a timely manner, but we appreciate your patience and understanding if response times are delayed.  


Call us at 269-966-3320. If we cannot answer, please leave a message. Email messages are preferred and may result in quicker response.

Christine Zuzga, AICP, Planning Manager


Glenn Perian, Senior Planning 



Most planning/zoning services are still available, with the exception of the following: 

Zoning Permit Inspections: When your project is complete, please contact us to schedule a final inspection. While these will not be scheduled for no earlier than Oct. 15, we want to document that you are complete and ready for inspection. 

Zoning Violations: Unfortunately, we do not have the staff capacity to address, except for issues where there is an immediate safety concern. If there is a true safety concern involved, we will schedule an inspection. All others will be scheduled for no earlier than Oct. 15.  

Sale of City-owned parcels: This program is on hold until mid-October. 


The Planning and Zoning Division maintains and provides information relative to land use regulations, including allowable uses and development regulations. Staff performs review of building and zoning (fence/signs) permit applications, various licensing applications, and site plans for all multi-family residential, commercial, and industrial expansions and new projects to ensure compliance with the zoning ordinance.


The department assists petitioners with the process for applications, including subdivisions, rezoning requests, special use permits, variances, site plans, and other applicable requests, and provides staff support to the Planning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, and the Historic District Commission. Applications and/or petitions relative to these boards, including members and meeting dates, may be found in the Boards and Commissions section.

Zoning Ordinances


(click links below)
  Zoning Ordinances - Available Online under Part Twelve
  Permitted Uses for each Zoning District Summary Sheet
  Key to Zoning District Codes and Directions to Web Site Ordinances

Current Projects

Zoning Ordinance and Map Update
The city’s Planning team wants to hear from anyone with city properties, about how well the draft zoning ordinance works for them, and for the entire city.

Zoning Ordinance DRAFT
Zoning Map DRAFT

Presentation to Planning Commission

Zoning map draft image 2020

The following are pulled from the overall zoning ordinance, and may be of particular interest:

  • Land Use Table - lists all uses allowed in the city, showing in which zoning districts they are allowed, and if they are permitted by accessory or special use
  • Zoning Districts - provides an overview of each district, purpose statement, list of permitted uses, and development standards

Please review the draft items, considering anything that might affect your own city property, like a shed, fence, addition, and the ability to add a specific use to your property; then provide us feedback on the following:

  • Ease of use – How easy was it to find the zoning of your property, and understand the standards for use and development?
  • Allowable use – Do you have the ability to use your property in a way that suits you best? Will the ordinance prevent you from making improvements to your property?
  • How do the draft ordinance and map address your neighborhood?
Find more information at, or by watching our latest episode of Keeping You Informed, airing on AccessVision channels at 6 p.m. Wednesdays in September, or online here:
Share feedback at 269-966-3320 or

McCamly/Van Buren parking lot

City and state representatives are collecting feedback on the city-owned parking lot at the southwest corner of this intersection, downtown. There are no pending redevelopment plans for this property, and the study will analyze possible opportunities at the site. Information from a previous public meeting, and a new survey, will help ongoing development efforts in and around downtown.

Non-Motorized Transportation Plan update
The city is updating the 2006 Non-Motorized Transportation Plan in 2019 to ensure bicyclists, walkers, kayakers/canoers, joggers, and others continue to have safe, accessible, and well-maintained routes around town and beyond. Over the last 13 years, new routes and infrastructure have been established. Additional routes, signage, and community needs have been discussed, but need a formal plan for implementation. We hope to accomplish this with the update. Learn more by clicking here

Jackson/Hamblin Sub-Area Plan
The City of Battle Creek Planning Division has contracted with Rosetti to develop a sub-area plan for Jackson and Hamblin, between Washington and Kendall. The sub-area plan will develop a vision for this neighborhood as it relates to land use, roads and utilities, and future development. The City had an initial workshop with property owners on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 to refine the vision for this area and discuss any current concerns with future property plans. The meeting presentation is here. Please call the Planning Division with any questions. 

Contact Us

Prior to starting any project on your property, please call 269-966-3320 to determine the applicable regulations specific to your property and project, as well as the appropriate review process that may be necessary.

General Questions:

Site Plans, Zoning Variances, Zoning Ordinance and Wireless Towers:
Glenn Perian, Senior Planner

Historic Districts, Flood Zone, Site Plans and Zoning Ordinance: 
Eric Feldt, AICP, CFM,  Planner

Department Manager:
Christine Zuzga, AICP, Planning Manager