Planning & Zoning

​Responsibilities


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.
 

Services


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 Amendment
The city's Planning team is leading an update of the law that governs land use, the size and placement of buildings, and other factors that shape our community's character -- the Zoning Ordinance and Map Amendment, or ZOMA.

This is one of the most influential regulatory documents to shape the future of Battle Creek. It is intended to:
**Implement the land use and design goals in the Battle Creek Master Plan, and other city policies
**Be consistent with state and federal laws
**Provide a basis for reviewing applications for new construction, as well as alterations and additions to existing buildings.

A three-day series of charrettes -- a series of planning meetings in which neighbors can participate -- will be Oct. 7, 8, and 9. Please join us for as many of these as your time allows -- they will build on each other to go from concept to refinement of YOUR preferences for this process.

Find more information at www.battlecreekzoma.com, or contact the Planning team at 269-966-3320 or publicinput@battlecreekmi.gov.


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. Please take the survey here.

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.

  

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
Email: gfperian@battlecreekmi.gov

Historic Districts, Flood Zone, Site Plans and Zoning Ordinance: 
Eric Feldt, AICP, CFM,  Planner
Email: esfeldt@battlecreekmi.gov

Department Manager:
Christine Zuzga, AICP, Planning Manager
Email: cmzuzga@battlecreekmi.gov