City 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

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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:

  • Use the Optional Plan Review (OPR) application for Planned Sign Program requests
  • Use the Zone Change application for Planned Redevelopment District requests

Fees (as of July 1, 2018)

Planning Commission Fee Schedule(PDF, 115KB)

Other Planning Department Reviews and Fees(PDF, 67KB)

Bylaws

Planning Commission Bylaws, amended April 2018(PDF, 211KB)

Meeting Schedule

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

Download Schedule

We Keep a schedule of all Meeting Cancellations/Changes.

Download Notice


Meeting Agendas

Space on Planning Commission agendas is on a first-come, first-served basis. Agendas often fill before the posted deadline. As of Monday, August 13, 2018, the next available agenda is September 27, 2018. 

We use a third party application called Legislative Management to manage board meetings and agendas. You'll leave our site to see the calendar or review past meeting details. See more details below or learn How to Use Legislative Management.

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Schedule and Agendas

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: 1/6/2020

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.