Planning Commission

Please view the City of East Lansing's Electronic Public Meeting Notices Webpage to view public meeting notices and agendas for upcoming electronic meetings.

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).


Upcoming Public Hearings

  • A public hearing will take place electronically via Zoom on Wednesday, July 28 at 7 p.m. View the Public Hearing Notice (PDF) to learn how to participate in public comment. 

Agendas & Minutes

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

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: 2021
  • Joseph Sullivan
    Term expires: 2021
  • Cynthia Williams
    Term expires: 2021
  • Kathleen Boyle, Vice-Chair
    Term expires: 2022
  • Chris Wolf
    Term expires: 2022

  • Lauren LaPine
    Term expires: 2023
  • Ed Wagner
    Term expires: 2022
  • Daniel Bollman, Chair
    Term expires: 2021
  • Thomas Hendricks
    Term expires: 2023

City Staff

Citizen Feedback

All correspondence to the Planning Commission on proposed projects and other matters should be sent to Peter Menser for distribution. Phone: (517) 319-6861

Apply for a Vacancy

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