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Zoning Ordinances


NEMCOG staff provides a wide variety of zoning services to counties, townships, cities, and villages in northeast Michigan including comprehensive review and analysis of a community's current zoning, zoning updates/amendments, and complete rewrite of a community's zoning ordinance. NEMCOG staff provides expertise in rural and urban zoning as well as on current issues in the field of zoning. We specialize in providing a graphic-rich zoning ordinance that is easy for local officials and the public to use. By working closely with local Planning Commissions and Zoning Boards, we tailor zoning ordinances to make the most sense for the community.

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Zoning Services offered by NEMCOG staff:
Zoning Ordinance review and assessment
Zoning Ordinance amendments
Zoning Ordinance rewrites
Zoning maps
Site plan review reports
Reports on Planning Commission action items
Reports/opinions on rezoning proposals
Reports/opinions for Zoning Board of Appeals cases
Professional expertise on the implementation of existing plans through zoning
General professional expertise on specific zoning issues/questions such as wind turbines, downtown regulations, agricultural zoning, airport zoning, sexually oriented businesses, cell phone towers, home based business, cottage industry, waterfront zoning, parking requirements, form-based zoning, outdoor wood burning stoves, and many other zoning-related issues.

Current & Recent Zoning Ordinance Projects:

Communities with Continued Planning Services Contracts with NEMCOG:

  • City of Alpena
  • City of Grayling
  • Rogers City
  • Green Township
  • Long Rapids Township
  • Wilson Township
  • City of Harrisville
  • Village of Lincoln
  • Ossineke Township
  • Curtis Township
  • Village of Hillman
  • West Traverse Township
  • City of West Branch
  • City of Tawas City

Zoning News

A new Zoning Ordinance regulating the development and use of land was adopted by the Rust Township Board of Trustees on November 21, 2022, which replaces the previous Zoning Ordinance in more...
The Green Township Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on November 28, 2022, at 7 pm to recommend the adoption of zoning ordinance amendments relating to solar energy facilities and more...
The Sherman Township Planning Commission held a public hearing on September 14, 2022, at 7:00 P. M. and recommended adoption of zoning ordinance amendments to the Township Board.  The public hearing more...
The Avery Township Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on (date to be announced), 2022, at 7 PM to recommend adoption of a new Zoning Ordinance to the Township Board. more...
The Maple Forest Township Planning Commission will hold a public hearing to recommend adoption of Ordinance 1 of 2022 – amendment to the zoning ordinance.  The public hearing will be held more...