Master Plan

The City of Charlevoix Land Use Master Plan serves as a guiding document for the future development of the city. A document created with the community vision of residents and businesses alike, the plan sets programmatic goals for city activities and recommendations for planning and zoning actions.

City of CharlevoiCity of Charlevoix Master Plan Logox 2021-22 Master Plan Update

The City of Charlevoix's  Planning and Zoning department and Planning Commission have been working diligently on updating the Master Plan.  The Planning Commission is happy to announce it has finished the work on the draft 2022 Master Land Use Plan,  please Click here to view the draft. A copy of the Draft Master Land Use Plan can also be found in the City Clerk's office and the Zoning Administrator's office locate at 210 State Street.

The draft plan needs to be formally released for a 63-day public comment period. When this is complete, the Commission will review comments received and and may make final changes.  City Council will approve the final Master Land Use Plan.  Please send your comments  to our planner, Jennifer Neal at with the subject "Public Comment for Draft Master Plan".

Why Update the Master Plan?

The City of Charlevoix Master Plan is updated for a variety of reasons. State law requires master plans be reviewed every five years with determination of whether to amend the master plan or create a new one. Having a comprehensive master plan can be a required component in some state-wide programs, such as the Redevelopment Ready Communities program. But most importantly, our Master Plan is updated to be responsive to the community's vision for Charlevoix.

When will the Master Plan Update Occur? 

The master plan update will occur monthly throughout 2021-22. To see the review of the old master plan and new updates in action, please join us in our monthly Planning Commission meetings. The Planning Commission meets the second Monday of every month at 6pm in City Council Chambers. Agenda packets can be found here.

How You Can Help:

Community Engagement Session

A community engagement session was scheduled to gain feedback and understanding of the community's perception of current development and land use trends in Charlevoix, as well as insight toward desired improvements and services.

This event took place May 27, 2021 at the Charlevoix Farmers Market. Appreciation is extended to all who attended!

Master Plan Community Survey

A survey supplements our Master Plan update efforts.  A physical survey was sent in the mail, packaged with Charlevoix water and electric bills throughout the month of May.  A digital survey was also available.  By fully completing the survey, you have helped add your voice to the goals, strategies, and direction that guides the City of Charlevoix. 


We thank all of our residents, property owners, small business owners, and visitors that responded to the survey. Your time and insight is invaluable to us, and we will communicate the number of respondents and results during our master plan process.

Photo Submissions

A solid master plan will reflect the goals and vision community it plans for. We would like to take it a step further and actually include our community in the plan! Photos that would be appreciate include:

  • Families enjoying recreation events or parks
  • Landscapes of our natural features
  • Vibrant downtown photos
  • Outside photos of housing, including single family, duplex, triplexes, fourplexes, apartments/condos
  • Accessory Dwelling Units
  • Any other creative or artistic photos that capture our community

Please send photo submissions to our planner, Jennifer Neal at with the subject "Photo Submission for Master Plan"

We cannot guarantee all photos submitted will be used.