The Planning Commission meets on the second Tuesday of each month at the township hall located at 9195 Old US 31 Highway North, Charlevoix, MI 49720
Board of Trustees Representative
The Michigan Planning Enabling Act charges local government planning commissions with doing the following statutory mission.
- Studies of existing and future conditions, surveys, probable growth (M.C.L. 125.3831, 125.3807, 125.3831(2)(a)). Often this is the Fact or data book part of the master plan. It often includes sections on economic development, social development, physical development and environment.
- The duty to create the master plan for development, often projecting 20 years into the future focusing on land use, transportation, public transit, waterways, waterfront, sewer, water supply, utilities, recommendations for redevelopment, removal replacement, improvement public infrastructure, zoning plan and implementation of master plan goals (M.C.L. 125.3831, 125.3833, 125.3867).
- Promotion of public interest and understanding of the master plan and promotion of the master plan. (M.C.L. 125.3851) This is often done by producing a flyer, summary or poster about the plan.
- To create subplans (M.C.L. 125.3835).
- Adoption of part, all of a county master plan (M.C.L. 125.3847).
- Oversee the master plan, subplan, plan amendment or part of a plan adoption process (M.C.L. 125.3839 to 125.3845).
- Cooperate with neighboring and area local governments (M.C.L. 125.3831(2)(b), 125.3831(3)).
- Cooperate with state and federal governments (M.C.L. 125.3831(2)(c)).
- Cooperate with other agencies of its government (M.C.L. 125.3831(2)(c)).
- Capital Improvement Program (CIP) for capital expenditures of the government (M.C.L. 125.3865). The local legislative body may assign this function to another, or retain final approval of the CIP.
- Recommendation of CIP elements regardless who does the CIP (M.C.L. 125.3867).
- Infrastructure Reviews of proposed physical improvements in the government (M.C.L. 125.3861).
- Subdivision (site-condo) reviews as well as development of a land division / subdivision / site-condo ordinance (M.C.L. 125.3871).
- Prepare Annual report (M.C.L. 125.3819(2)).
- Prepare and submit budget for the next year (M.C.L. 125.3823(2)).
- Prepare Annual work program, which is a part of annual report and budget. M.C.L. 125.3823 & 125.3819(2)).
- Keep public records of its meetings and other documents, all complying with the Freedom of Information Act (M.C.L. 125.3819).
- Hold at least four meetings a year, all meetings complying with Open Meeting Act (M.C.L. 125.3821).
- Respond to county request for copy of zoning (and updates as they happen) by the county planning commission (M.C.L. 125.3869).
- The Michigan Planning Enabling Act and the Michigan Zoning Enabling Act also provides planning commissions with certain powers to perform these duties. They are:
- Hire a planning director and/or zoning administrator (if in budget, if delegated to the commission) (M.C.L. 125.3825).
Contract for services (if in budget, if delegated to the commission) (M.C.L. 125.3825).
- Apply for, receive, grants (if okay with legislative body) (M.C.L. 125.3823(3)).
- Can act as zoning board (M.C.L. 125.3883. See also M.C.L. 125.3101 et seq.).
- Reviews city, village, township, county (within and adjacent) plans. (M.C.L. 125.3841(3)).
- Adopt bylaws (M.C.L. 125.3819).
- Elect officers (chair, secretary) (M.C.L. 125.3817).
- Appoint advisory committees (M.C.L. 125.3817).
- Attend educational training programs and meetings (M.C.L. 125.3823(1)).