Planning & Zoning

COVID-19 operations

Our goal is to be able to provide a high level of service and in a timely manner, but with Planning customer service staff still on furlough, response times may be delayed. We appreciate your continued patience and understanding!

If you need assistance, please call us at 269-966-3320. If we cannot answer, please leave a message. Email messages are preferred and may result in quicker response. To meet in person with staff, an appointment is highly recommended to ensure that someone will be available to assist you.

Eric Feldt, AICP, CFM, Senior Planner

Glenn Perian, Senior Planner

Christine Zuzga, AICP, Planning Manager

Most Planning/Zoning services are available, a few things to note:
  • Zoning Violations/Permit Inspections: Planning staff has started reviewing previously scheduled zoning violations and zoning permit inspections for compliance, and new inspections will be scheduled. We appreciate your patience as we work through a large backlog of inspections due to furloughs over the summer. Same day/next day service for complaints will only occur if there is a significant health and/or safety issue.
  • City Parcel Sales: The sale of City-owned parcels is on hold until late 2020/early 2021.


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

Interactive zoning map (Find your property!)
Presentation to Planning Commission

Staff report for Sept. 23 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