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City Planning

Welcome to the City of Traverse City Planning Department.

We wish you all good health and safety during this time. The Planning Department is open for business, but our offices are closed to the public. Please email or call staff for your Planning Department needs. Voicemails are checked daily; however, sending an email will generate a more timely response to your need.

Public meetings will be held remotely with limited agenda items. 

The functions and responsibilities of the Planning Department include being professional staff to the Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals, Historic Districts Commission and the Grand Traverse Commons planninginfield.jpgJoint Planning Commission.

The Department is also responsible for the administration and enforcement of City land-use regulations, ongoing land use planning efforts, grant preparation and administration, Capital Improvement Program plans, strategic planning processes, comprehensive plans, neighborhood plans, campus plans, policy recommendations, implementation and management.

Currently, the Planning Department refers to the following approved plans:

The Department reviews all development proposals and sign permits. Land Use and Sign Permits are overseen by the Zoning Administrator.


Development Guides

Public Participation

Code Enforcement

Our Department's Code Enforcement Officer is concerned about the preservation, maintenance and aesthetics of all residential, commercial and industrial properties throughout the city. Code Enforcement works with citizens to resolve issues which impact the quality of life in Traverse City by enforcing a broad range of public health and safety regulations including rental housing, zoning, health, parking, public nuisance, and other safety codes.

How Are We Doing? Please take our 5 minute Customer Feedback Survey and let us know how the City of Traverse City Planning Department is doing. 


This page last updated on 4/30/2020.