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.
A public hearing (PDF) will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 9 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 application from LO Ventures, LLC, for the property at 702 West Lake Lansing Road. The applicant is proposing to expand the existing parking lot and make improvements to the existing storm water drainage system. The property is located in the B-4, Restricted Office District.

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.