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

Three public hearings will be held on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 7 p.m. in the 54B District Court, Courtroom 2, 101 Linden Street:
A public hearing (PDF) 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 redevelop with a 12-story, mixed-use building with first floor retail and a hotel lobby; with two levels of parking above to include 210 parking spaces. The remaining floors include office space, hotel amenities including meeting rooms, a ballroom and 162 guest rooms. Also included are mixed-market rental units with 26 efficiency, 61 one-bedroom, 24 two-bedroom, and 10 three-bedroom units. 

The property is zoned B3, City Center Commercial District.

• The 341-345 Evergreen Avenue properties are proposed to redevelop with a 5-story building with mixed-market rental units with 9 efficiency units, 26 one-bedroom, 18 two-bedroom, and 4 three-bedroom units. Also included are 35 proposed underground parking spaces. 

The properties are zoned Conditional B3, City Center Commercial District based on a previously approved plan.

A public hearing (PDF) will be held to consider Ordinance 1397, an application request from Agree Limited Partnership to rezone the property at 2447 East Lake Lansing Road from B4, Restricted Office Business District to B2, Retail Sales Business District. The property is 7.10 acres in size.

A public hearing (PDF) will be held to consider Ordinance 1401, a request from Jerich Properties to rezone the property at 421 West Lake Lansing Road from RA, Residential Agricultural to B4, Restricted Office Business. The property is .69 acres in size.

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
  • Summer Minnick
    Term expires: 2017
  • Daniel Bollman, Vice-Chair
    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 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.