Planning & Zoning


The Planning and Zoning Division maintains and provides information relative to land use regulations, including allowable uses and development regulations. Staff performs review of building and zoning (fence/signs) permit applications, various licensing applications, and site plans for all multi-family residential, commercial, and industrial expansions and new projects to ensure compliance with the zoning ordinance.


The department assists petitioners with the process for applications, including subdivisions, rezoning requests, special use permits, variances, site plans, and other applicable requests, and provides staff support to the Planning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, and the Historic District Commission. Applications and/or petitions relative to these boards, including members and meeting dates, may be found in the Boards and Commissions section.


Zoning Ordinances 

(click links below)
  Zoning Ordinances - Available Online under Part Twelve
  Permitted Uses for each Zoning District Summary Sheet
  Key to Zoning District Codes and Directions to Web Site Ordinances
Recently Revised Ordinances:


Current Projects

Master Plan

Planning staff is responsible for the preparation and maintenance of the City Master Plan, a long-range plan used to guide the growth and development of a community or region. The most recent plan was prepared and adopted in 1997. Staff reviews projects from the public as well as from other departments to ensure they are consistent with goals/objectives established in the plan. Staff is also charged with development, interpretation, administration, and enforcement of the zoning ordinance.  The draft plan is currently under review, and is scheduled to be approved at the February 28, 2018 Planning Commission meeting. Link: Master Plan

Downtown Plan
The draft Downtown Plan is a sub-area plan of the Master Plan, building on the community's vision and acting as a guiding framework for the ongoing development of Downtown Battle Creek.  This plan defines a direction for future development and redevelopment of the downtown area of Battle Creek, and provides detailed, area-specific recommendations for land use and development, parking, circulation, and placemaking for Downtown.  This plan is currently in draft form, and is also scheduled to be approved at the February 28, 2018 Planning Commission meeting.  Click this link for Downtown Draft Plan

Medical Marihuana

Based on the approved 2016 State Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act (MMFLA) and a recent city survey, which showed support for allowing medical marihuana businesses, city staff have drafted new regulations to allow medical marihuana to be 1) grown, 2) processed, 3) tested, 4) transported, and 5) sold for medical purposes only. Learn more by clicking here.

Urban Agriculture

Sprout - Battle Creek Policy & Sample Ordinance
Sprout - Urban AG Presentation to City Commission & Planning Commission

2016 public survey results
2016 public survey summary

Roundtable 1 survey summary - June 29, 2016
Roundtable 1 notes - June 29, 2016

All Species Kinship - Recommendations for municipal regulations of urban

All Species Kinship - Sample ordinance and instructions for permit of
chickens in City of Battle Creek

Sprout's recommended regulations for keeping of urban hens  

Concern Survey - October 2016
Municipality Survey - November 2016

608.31 Urban Livestock - DRAFT Ordinance April 2017
608 Animals PowerPoint - Commission Workshop March 21, 2017

See full Animal Ordinance revision proposals, including the chapter on Feral Cats, on the Police Department's related web page. (BCPD's Animal Control handles enforcement of much of the animal ordinance.)

Annual Report

The 2016 Planning Department Annual Report (PDF): Outlines the activities of the department as well as the boards and commissions listed.

Contact Us

Prior to starting any project on your property, please call 269-966-3320 to determine the applicable regulations specific to your property and project, as well as the appropriate review process that may be necessary.

General Questions:
Leona Parrish, Administrative Assistant

Site Plans, Zoning Variances, Zoning Ordinance and Wireless Towers:
Glenn Perian, Senior Planner

Historic Districts, Flood Zone, Site Plans and Zoning Ordinance: 
Eric Feldt, AICP, CFM,  Planner

Department Manager:
Christine Zuzga, AICP, Planning Manager