Planning & Zoning

​In light of the newest information related to the COVID-19 pandemic, all City of Battle Creek facilities will be closed to the public through Friday, May 28th. 

The Historic District Commission meeting for Monday, May 11th been CANCELLED.

The Zoning Board of Appeals meeting for Tuesday, May 12 has been CANCELLED. 

The Planning Commission meeting for Wednesday, May 27 has been CANCELLED.

Below is information relative to how certain Planning/Zoning issues will function during the time of closure:
  • Planning staff will be working remotely to help assist any inquiries relative to Planning/Zoning issues. If you have questions, please email the appropriate staff person, outlined below, with questions. You may also call the main Planning line at 269-966-3320 and leave a message for the appropriate individual. Your call or email will be returned no later than two business days, though we will strive to return calls and emails as soon as possible. Email messages are preferred and may result in quicker response.
  • Zoning permits for sheds 200 square feet or smaller or fencing will not be accepted during the closure. Residents will be permitted to construct or erect these types of structures during the closure without the need for a permit under the following conditions: 1) All applicable ordinances must be met. A link to the ordinances can be found in the next section, and staff will be happy to answer questions relative to zoning regulations concerning height, placement, location, etc. 2) A permit and fee will be required to be submitted to the Planning Division within two weeks of City Hall reopening to the public without any penalty for doing work without a permit. After this two week exemption period, any work completed without a permit will be subject to a work without permit fee of $150 plus the cost of the permit.
  • The Planning Commission meeting scheduled for Wednesday, March 25, 2020 has been cancelled. At this time, due to the unpredictable progression of the pandemic, the Historic District Commission scheduled for Monday, April 13, 2020 and the Zoning Board of Appeals scheduled for Tuesday, April 14, 2020 have also been cancelled. If you have projects or plans that require approval by any of these boards, please contact the appropriate Planning Staff outlined below for further information. 
  • Planning staff will perform preliminary site plan for upcoming development projects via email. A full site plan submittal, review, and approval will be required prior to the start of any construction. 

Division Manager
Christine Zuzga, AICP, Planning Manager


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 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.
Find more information at, or contact the Planning team 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