Planning, Building & Development

Planning MeetingThe Planning, Building & Development Department is responsible for planning and zoning, community and economic development, building permits and inspections, rental licensing and investigations, code enforcement (building, zoning) and historic preservation. The department also assists with university relations and community outreach.

Comprehensive Plan Update


Community members are encouraged to participate in the Comprehensive Plan update, when the public input meetings will resume in early 2017 to gather input on the draft goals and objectives and future land use map. The plan update, which will be referred to as the Bigger Picture, is an important working document that projects land use planning 20 years into the future.

Non-Conforming Use Committee


A Non-Conforming Use Committee has been formed to to make recommendations to the East Lansing City Council as to any ordinance amendments, ordinances or regulations relating to non-conforming rental properties. Learn more.

Upcoming Development Projects

The City works to support economic growth in East Lansing. Recent investment in East Lansing has included a number of current redevelopment projects, including the Park District Planning Area, Amtrak Station, the FRIB and more. View Projects.

Development Review Process


The City has compiled relevant information for applicants seeking to develop in East Lansing, including information on City codes, forms and applications, necessary steps, procedures and more. Learn more.

Mid-Michigan Residential Cost Comparison


There are a variety of factors that should be considered when evaluating the true cost of owning a home. The Mid-Michigan Residential Cost Comparison was compiled to assist prospective home buyers with an analysis of costs associated with residing in various municipalities located throughout the Mid-Michigan area. Learn more.