Planning Commission

The Planning Commission is responsible for creating a master plan for the physical development of the city; prepares comprehensive programs for capital improvements; reviews rezoning requests, site plans, subdivisions, special use permits and other land use applications; reviews the widening and extension of streets, the development of parks and other public improvements; develops new zoning standards; and ensures 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

A public hearing (PDF) will be held on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 7 p.m. in the 54B District Court, Courtroom 2, 101 Linden Street:
To consider an application from JRS Properties, LLC, for a Special Use Modification approval for the property at 1310 Abbot Road. The applicant is proposing to convert the open space patio to an enclosed patio thereby increasing the occupancy by approximately 20 persons. This property is zoned B2, Retail Sales Business.

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
  • Bryn Williams                                     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 the Planning Commission secretary Tim Johnson for distribution. Phone: (517) 319-6861.

Apply for a Vacancy

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