Planning Commission

The Planning Commission is responsible for creating a master plan for the physical development of the city; prepares comprehensive programs for capital improvements; reviews rezoning requests, site plans, subdivisions, special use permits and other land use applications; reviews the widening and extension of streets, the development of parks and other public improvements; develops new zoning standards; and ensures that the standards of appropriate environmental protection legislation are applied. The Commission consists of nine members who serve three-year terms and meet twice monthly. View Planning Commission By-Laws (PDF).
  • Meetings take place on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month @ 7 p.m. (unless otherwise noted)
  • 54B District Court, Courtroom 2
    101 Linden St.
    East Lansing, MI 48823

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
View Agendas, Minutes & Video Meeting Coverage

Upcoming Public Hearings

Four public hearings (PDF) will be held on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at 7 p.m. in the 54B District Court, Courtroom 2, 101 Linden Street:
1.) A public hearing will be held for Ordinance 1387, an ordinance to rezone the property more commonly known as Four Winds Golf Course. It proposes to rezone the northern 26.27 acres from RM8, Planned Unit Development District to B2, Retail Sales Business District and the southern 38.21 acres from RM8, Planned Unit Development District to B4, Restricted Office Business District. (This B4 area is proposed for a permanent Conservation Easement).
2.) A public hearing will be held for Ordinance 1388, an ordinance to rezone the property at 341-345 Evergreen Avenue from Conditional B3, City Center Commercial District to RM32, City Center Multiple-Family Residential. The property is 0.52 acres in size.
3.) A public hearing will be held for Ordinance 1389, an ordinance to rezone the following properties:
341-345 Evergreen Avenue, 33-20-01-13-226-001 314 Evergreen Avenue, 33-20-01-13-228-015
328 Evergreen Avenue, 33-20-01-13-228-014

334 Evergreen Avenue, 33-20-01-13-228-008

340 Evergreen Avenue, 33-20-01-13-228-007

The ordinance proposes to conditionally rezone these properties from P, Parking and RM32, City Center Multiple-Family Residential, to B3, City Center Commercial District.

4.) A public hearing will be held to consider an application from 100 Grand River, LLC, and 341 Evergreen, LLC, for Site Plan and Special Use Permit approval for the properties at 100-140 W. Grand River Avenue and 341-345 Evergreen Avenue, to demolish all existing structures and construct two buildings.
•    The 100-140 W. Grand River Avenue properties are proposed to be redeveloped with a 12-story, mixed-use building with first floor retail and a hotel lobby; the remaining floors include office space, hotel amenities including meeting rooms, a ballroom and rooftop restaurant/lounge, and guest rooms. Also included are mixed-market rental units with 24 efficiency, 33 one-bedroom, 43 two-bedroom, 18 three-bedroom, and 58 convertible efficiency units.
•    The 341-345 Evergreen Avenue properties are proposed to be redevelop with a parking structure providing 7 levels of parking and overall parking for 597 vehicles. Also proposed is an 8-story building with mixed-market rental units with 7 efficiency units, 133 one-bedroom, 14 two-bedroom, 7 three-bedroom, and 14 convertible efficiency units. This version includes the ability to eliminate 15 residential units on the first two floors to substitute office space. An alternative plan is proposed for a Senior Living facility which may include Independent Living, Assisted Living, and Memory Care including residential support and amenities.

Meeting Coverage (Online and Television)

Gavel-to-gavel coverage of Planning Commission regular meetings are available online and on WELG (Ch. 22). The following options are available: 

  • Video recordings of Planning Commission regular meetings are available online @ The meetings are streamed live, archived online and available via an on-demand playback option. The meetings can be viewed by agenda item and are keyword searchable within 24 hours of the meeting. 
  • Televised recordings of Planning Commission regular meetings are shown live and replayed for Comcast customers on WELG (Ch. 22). In addition, a streamed feed of WELG (Ch. 22) is available online @ Ustream.


  • John Cahill
    Term expires: 2018
  • Bryn Williams                                     Term expires: 2018
  • Laura Goddeeris, Vice Chair               Term expires: 2018
  • Julie Jones-Fisk, Chair                     Term expires: 2016
  • Chris Wolf
    Term expires: 2016

  • Don Davis
    Term expires: 2016
  • Summer Minnick
    Term expires: 2017
  • Daniel Bollman
    Term expires: 2017
  • Paul Stokstad
    Term expires: 2017
City Staff
Citizen Feedback
All correspondence to the Planning Commission on proposed projects and other matters should be sent to the Planning Commission secretary Darcy Schmitt for distribution.

Apply for a Vacancy
Submit a 
Board / Commission Application (PDF) to apply for an appointment to the Planning Commission.