Planning Commission

Department in Charge of Board:

Planning Department

About the Board

Here's a quick look at the Planning Commission:

  • Guides public and private development efforts
  • Works alongside the City Commission and appointed boards to carry out the City's Master Plan
  • Members seek to administer the Zoning Ordinance fairly and equitably
  • Members aim to understand citizens' interests and concerns with the development of the city

Apply for Boards and Commissions

Applications

Planning a project? Use the links below for instructions and forms for all your project needs. Keep in mind these notes if they apply to your project:

  • Make sure to apply for an Optional Plan Review (OPR) for Planned Sign Program requests
  • Make sure to apply for a Zone Change for Planned Redevelopment District requests

 

Apply for a Special Land Use (SLU)

Apply for a Site Plan Review (SPR)

Apply for an Optional Plan Review (OPR)

Apply for a Planned Redevelopment District (PRD)

Apply for a Planned Redevelopment District (PRD) Amendment

Apply for a Zone Change

Apply for a Text Amendment

Submit Additional Project Parcels to the Planning Commission

 

Fees

Planning Commission Fee Schedule(PDF, 23KB) (as of July 1, 2017) 

 

Planning Commission Review Standards (coming soon)

Special Land Use
Alcohol Sales Supplement (for SLU)
Zone Change (use for new PRD requests)
Optional Plan Review (use for Planned Sign Program requests)
PRD Amendment
Site Plan Review

We meet the second (and fourth, as necessary) Thursday of each month, with public hearings beginning at 1:00 PM. 

Download Annual Meeting Schedule

Space on Planning Commission agendas is on a first-come, first-served basis, and agendas often fill before the posted deadline. As of Monday, April 23, 2018, the next available agenda is June 14, 2018. 

You can access the City Planning Commission's agendas using this link:

City Planning Commission Meetings

You'll see a quick description of the commission and a list of its members at the top of the page. You can also find meeting minutes, agendas, and other important documents on this page.

Note: scroll near the bottom of the page. The meeting schedule, minutes, and agendas are below the listing of board members.

Location

Development Center
1120 Monroe Ave. NW
Meeting Room 201

  • 9 members, with a makeup representative of the community
  • Members may hold no other municipal office except that one member may also serve on the Board of Zoning Appeals

Kyle Van Strien, Commission Chairperson

Mayoral Appointment
Ward 1 Resident
Term Ends: 1/4/2021

Paul Rozeboom, Vice Chairperson

Mayoral Appointment
Ward 3 Resident
Term Ends: 1/7/2019

Thomas Koetsier, Secretary

Mayoral Appointment
Ward 2 Resident
Terms Ends: 1/7/2019

Walter Brame

Mayoral Appointment
Ward 3 Resident
Term Ends: 1/4/2021

James Davis

Mayoral Appointment
Ward 1 Resident
Term Ends: 1/6/2020

Laurel Joseph

Mayoral Appointment
Ward 3 Resident
Term Ends: 1/6/2020

Paola Mendivil

Mayoral Appointment
Ward 1 Resident
Term Ends: 1/7/2019

Darel Ross

Mayoral Appointment
Ward 3 Resident
Term Ends: 1/6/2019

Eric Treur

Mayoral Appointment
Ward 2 Resident
Term Ends: 1/4/2021        

Residency Requirement
Most members on this board must live within in Grand Rapids city limits. However, the Mayor may appoint one non-resident to the Commission.

Term Limits
Each member's term is for 3 years. A member may serve a maximum 9 years or three 3 consecutive terms.

Compensation
There is no compensation for members of this board.