We recommend that you meet with us as an informal review of your proposed project. The meeting is intended to determine what kind of zone change is needed, if other approvals are required, and to explain the process to to get a decision on the proposal.
Meet with the neighbors
Meet with neighboring property owners, neighborhood association, or business association. Use this meeting to resolve any conflicts before your Planning Commission review. We may table your request if you don't hold a neighborhood meeting.
When you submit your application, include the meeting's sign-in sheet. Make sure it has the date, time, and location of the meeting.
Prepare your payment
The fee for for this application is $1,349. Make checks payable to the City of Grand Rapids.
Visit our office
Visit us at the address listed in the Contact Us section of this page. We'll help you get everything you need to complete the application. We'll have paper copies available, but you can print the below form before you arrive.
Keep in mind that you need to submit your application at least one month before the Planning Commission meeting. For a list of the Planning Commission meeting dates, click here.
Nonconforming Use Application(PDF, 387KB)
Submit your application
Mail, email or drop off your application. Our information is in the Contact Us section of this page. Make sure to include all other required documents with your application.
We'll review your application
We'll review and submit your application to the Planning Commission. We may contact you with questions or ask for more information.
Notice of Public Hearing
After staff review, your application is forwarded to the Planning Commission for a public hearing. You'll get a notice of the public hearing 15 days before the Planning Commission meeting
Present Your Request of Zone Change to Planning Commission
Here's what to expect at the public hearing:
You'll present your request for Optional Plan Review to the Planning Commission
The Planning Commission will ask you questions about your request
The Planning Commission will allow public comment on your application. This'll give you a chance to address any public concern or questions
The Planning Commission may recommend approval or denial, or table the application
The Planning Commission will submit their recommendation to City Commission for review
We'll notify you of City Commission's decision
We'll send you a letter and resolution to let you know City Commission's decision.