Planning Commission

About the Planning Commission

Purpose

The role of the Planning Commission is to guide the land use, zoning, and planning process in the City. The Commission is charged with planning for the future and is expected to stay up to date on current trends and issues that may affect the City.

Powers

The Planning Commission is responsible for formalization of the Master Plan. They review and recommend changes to the Zoning Ordinance  and Zoning Map to the City Council. The Commission also reviews site plans, rezoning requests, special use requests and planned unit developments.

Obligation

Each Planning Commissioner is expected to represent the opinions of the constituency over their own interests and have a working knowledge of the rules and governing documents.  They are expected to be prepared for and to attend the meetings. Knowledge of planning and zoning is not necessary, and training and ongoing educational opportunities will be provided.

Meetings

Second Monday of every month; occasional special meetings.

Meetings are held at 6:00 PM in City Hall.

Membership

Nine qualified electors of the City of Charlevoix, representing different perspectives and geographic locations of the City.

Appointment

Mayor, confirmed by City Council

Term

Three years beginning May 1

Compensation

None

Staff Liaison/Department

Kathy Egan, Networks Northwest, Planning & Zoning Department  (231) 929-5057

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

View Most Recent Agendas and Minutes

Notices of Planning Commission public hearings are published as classified legal advertisements in the Charlevoix Courier newspaper prior to the public hearing date in accordance with the applicable state statute.

Members

  • Sherm Chamberlain, Chair
    Term expires: April 2022
  • R.J. Waddell, Vice Chair
    Term expires: April 2020
  • Ben Edwards
    Term expires: April 2021
  • Toni Felter
    Term expires: April 2020
  • Brian Gelb
    Term expires: April 2022
  • David Gray
    Term expires: April 2022
  • Dennis Halverson
    Term expires: April 2020
  • Jennifer Muladore
    Term expires: April 2021
  • Philip Parr
    Term expires: April 2021

Commission Information

Nine members appointed by the Mayor for a term of three years. Responsible for creation of the City Master Plan, recommendations on map and textual revisions to the zoning, zone changes, and various other planning and zoning related functions.