Planning & Zoning

The Planning & Zoning Division administers policies to guide quality development in the City of East Lansing. In addition, the division works with applicants and the community on future development by utilizing the various planning tools available through local and state regulations.

Comprehensive Plan
Community members are encouraged to participate in the Comprehensive Plan update, which started in September and takes place over 18 months. 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.

Development Review Process
The Development Review Process includes review of applicant proposals and plans by relevant boards/commissions and City departments as it relates to the Zoning Code and various master plans, as well as final approval by the East Lansing City Council.

Residential Rental Restriction Overlay District 
The Overlay Ordinance is a tool available to residents to restrict rental licenses in a particular neighborhood. The ordinance calls for 2/3 signatures of the neighborhood in order to bring the issue of rental license restrictions before City Council. Learn more.

Capital Improvement Program (CIP)
The Capital Improvements Program (PDF) guides the development and maintenance of necessary public improvements within a framework of sound planning and responsible fiscal management.

Single-Family Residential Dwellings with Non-Conforming Uses
A facilitated steering committee meeting with landlords and residents regarding Single-Family Residential Dwellings with Non-Conforming Uses (PDF). The following reports were drafted by facilitator Doak Bloss; Report on Session 1 (PDF) and Changes to Recommendations (PDF).