Planning & Zoning

The Planning & Zoning Division administers policies to guide quality development in the City of East Lansing. In addition, the division works with applicants and the community on future development by utilizing the various planning tools available through local and state regulations.

Shaping the Avenue Form-Based Code DRAFT


View the Shaping the Avenue Form-Based Code DRAFT document (PDF) and DRAFT Regulating Plans (PDF), which is in the final review stage by the East Lansing Planning Commission. Following Planning Commission's review it will be forwarded to the East Lansing City Council for review and consideration. Community members can also view a memo from the East Lansing Planning Commission (PDF) detailing changes to the DRAFT document based on public input. 

Development Review Process


The Development Review Process includes review of applicant proposals and plans by relevant boards/commissions and City departments as it relates to the Zoning Code and various master plans, as well as final approval by the East Lansing City Council.

Residential Rental Restriction Overlay District 


The Overlay Ordinance is a tool available to residents to restrict rental licenses in a particular neighborhood. The ordinance calls for 2/3 signatures of the neighborhood in order to bring the issue of rental license restrictions before City Council. Learn more.

Capital Improvement Program (CIP)


The Capital Improvements Program (PDF) guides the development and maintenance of necessary public improvements within a framework of sound planning and responsible fiscal management.