Planning & Zoning

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Additions & revisions to ordinances

Parking - Chapter 1284 on 6/6/17 Resolution #128 (Revised Copy)               Landscape - Chapter 1285  on 6/6/17  Resolution #129 (Revised Copy)       Fence - Chapter 1298  on 6/6/17 Resolution #130 (Revised Copy)

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Things to consider -- What types of things are needed to make a community great? Where should they be located? What would you want to see in your neighborhood?

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The Planning and Zoning Division is responsible for maintaining and providing 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.

Zoning Ordinances

  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


The department assists petitioners with the process for applications including subdivisions, rezoning requests, special use permits, variances, site plans, and other applicable requests that require zoning review and approval, 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.

Urban Agriculture 

  -  Sprout - Battle Creek Policy & Sample Ordinance
   -  Sprout - Urban AG Presentation to City Commission & Planning Commission
   -  2016 public survey results
   -  2016 public survey summary
   -  Roundtable 1 survey summary - June 29, 2016
   -  Roundtable 1 notes - June 29, 2016
   -  All Species Kinship - Recommendations for municipal regulations of urban

   -  All Species Kinship - Sample ordinance and instructions for permit of
      chickens in City of Battle Creek

   -  Sprout's recommended regulations for keeping of urban hens  
   -  Concern Survey - October 2016
   -  Municipality Survey - November 2016
   -  608.31 Urban Livestock - DRAFT Ordinance April 2017 
   -  608 Animals PowerPoint - Commission Workshop March 21, 2017
See full Animal Ordinance revision proposals, including the chapter on Feral Cats, on the Police Department's related web page. (BCPD's Animal Control handles enforcement of much of the animal ordinance.)

Annual Report

The 2016 Planning Department Annual Report (PDF): Outlines the activities of the department as well as the boards and commissions listed.

Master Plan

Planning staff is responsible for the preparation and maintenance of the City Master Plan, a long-range plan used to guide the growth and development of a community or region. The most recent plan was prepared and adopted in 1997. Staff reviews projects from the public as well as from other departments to ensure they are consistent with goals/objectives established in the plan. Staff is also charged with development, interpretation, administration, and enforcement of the zoning ordinance.

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
Leona Parrish, Administrative Assistant
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