Planning Commission

The Planning Commission is responsible for creating a master plan for the physical development of the city; preparing comprehensive programs for capital improvements; reviewing rezoning requests, site plans, subdivisions, special use permits and other land use applications; reviewing the widening and extension of streets, the development of parks and other public improvements; developing new zoning standards; and ensuring 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

Two public hearings (PDF) will be held on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 7 p.m. in the 54B District Court, Courtroom 2, 101 Linden Street:
A public hearing (PDF) will be held to consider a Site Plan and Special Use Permit application from American Business Investments to renovate the front 35 feet and 6 inches and reconstruct the rear 15 feet 4 inches of the existing building and reconstruct the parking lot for a Biggby Coffee, with drive-through window, and future commercial space on property located at 947 Trowbridge Road. The subject parcel is 0.51 acres. The property is zoned B-2, Retails Sales Business District. 

A public hearing (PDF) will be held to consider a Lot Split application from United Hospitality Group East Lansing LLC for the property located at 1100 Trowbridge Road.

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
  • Terrance Range                                     Term expires: 2018
  • Laura Goddeeris, Chair               
    Term expires: 2018
  • Kathleen Boyle                                   Term expires: 2019
  • Chris Wolf
    Term expires: 2019

  • Don Davis
    Term expires: 2019
    Term expires: 2017
  • Daniel Bollman, Vice-Chair
    Term expires: 2017
    Term expires: 2017

City Staff

Citizen Feedback

All correspondence to the Planning Commission on proposed projects and other matters should be sent to Tim Dempsey for distribution. Phone: (517) 319-6864

Apply for a Vacancy

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