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Planning Board Information
The Lansing Planning Board is made up of eight (8) members, who are appointed by the Mayor, confirmed by City Council, and serve without pay. One is appointed from each ward, and four are at-large. Two Council members are also appointed by Council to serve as ex-officio, non-voting members for one-year terms.
The Board has all of the powers and duties granted to municipal planning commissions by statute [the Michigan Planning Enabling Act (P.A. 33 of 2008)], and all the powers provided by City Charter.
The Planning Board developed and adopted the Design Lansing Comprehensive Plan, which was also adopted by City Council on April 9, 2012. The Board will be considering an update to that Plan by 2017. The update, like the current Plan, will consider the impact of social, physical and economic factors.
Land Use Regulation
The Board is also responsible for making recommendations for land use regulations, such as zoning and special land use permits, as required by statute, to implement the Plan. One of the Plan's recommendations is that the City adopt a Form-Based Code, a zoning approach that focuses less on a building's use, and more on its form and appearance. Until that is completed and adopted, the Board makes land use recommendations based on the current code.
Capital Improvements Program
The Michigan Planning Act and the City Charter also charge the Board with preparing and approving a 6-year Capital Improvements Program (CIP) prior to its submission to the Mayor and City Council (5-602.3). A CIP shows those public structures and improvements, in the general order of their priority, based upon the requirements of the City for all types of public structures and improvements.
Act 33 Review
Another Board responsibility is to review public improvements in accordance with the requirements of Act 33. The Act requires the Board to review the location, character, and extent of public improvements prior to their financing and implementation. By ordinance, the Board is charged with applying the same review standards to City property transactions.
Meeting Location & Time(s): Planning Board meetings are held on the first Tuesday each month, at 6:30 p.m., at the Neighborhood Empowerment Center, 600 W. Maple Street.