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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 solar energy, battery storage, 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:

    1. City of Alpena
    2. Charter Township of Alpena
    3. City of Grayling
    4. Rogers City
    5. Green Township
    6. Long Rapids Township
    7. Wilson Township
    8. City of Harrisville
    9. Village of Lincoln
    10. Ossineke Township
    11. Curtis Township
    12. Village of Hillman
    13. West Traverse Township
    14. City of West Branch
    15. Grayling Charter Township
    16. Clement Township
    17. Tawas City
    18. Presque Isle Township
    19. City of Cheboygan
    20. Albert Township
    21. Hawes Township

Zoning News

A new Zoning Ordinance regulating the development and use of land was adopted by the Briley Township Board of Trustees on March 27, 2024, and replaces the previous Zoning Ordinance in more...
The Green Township Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on March 25, 2024, at 7 pm to recommend the adoption of zoning ordinance amendments relating to Commercial Event Facilities to more...