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Niles Township Hall Minimize

320 Bell Road Niles, Michigan 49120

Phone: 269-684-0870

Click here for a map to township hall

 
 
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Welcome to the Planning & Zoning Department Minimize

Planning & Zoning is responsible for community development, township planning and zoning regulation.

The department also provides staff support to the Planning Commission, and Zoning Board of Appeals in the review of all development plans proposed within the Township. Other staff functions involve public hearings for zoning amendments, variances, special use permits, along with subdivision platting and planned unit developments.

 
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“If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people."
 
PLANNING COMMISSION MEMBERS Minimize
  • Dan Smothermon – Chairperson                               
  • Charles Durm
  • Dave Spurlock
  • Richard Cooper
  • John McNelis
  • Dale Strefling 
  • Gary Conover 
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    RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE PLANNING Minimize
  • Maintain and update the Master Plan for the Townships land use development and preservation.
  • Maintain and update the Zoning Ordinances.
  • Review site plans for all major developments in the township and make recommendations.
  • Review all zoning change requests and special use requests.
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    RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE ZONING ADMINISTRATOR Minimize
  • Receive applications for zoning compliance permits and issue or deny same.
  • Assist and communicate with the general public, applicants, developers and their representatives with zoning inquires, proposals and applications.
  • Work with the Township Planner and provide staff reports and other information as needed to the Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals.
  • Overall responsibility to administer the zoning ordinances. Any question regarding zoning ordinances contact Peg Hartman at the number above. 
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    ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS MEMBERS Minimize
  • John Vandyke - Chairperson
    • Dan Smothermon
    • Lee Hoffman
    • James Ellis
    • Marge Durm-Hiatt
    • Position Vacant - Alternate
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    RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS Minimize
    The Zoning Board of Appeals conducts hearings for property owners or prospective buyers requesting a variance or deviation from the Niles Charter Township Zoning Ordinance or an interpretation of the ordinance language. They will also hear and decide appeals where it is alleged there is an error in any order, requirement, decision, or determination made by the Zoning Administrator. An application and supporting documentation must be submitted. The ZBA will only grant variances in the rarest situations as the zoning regulations are intended to protect the general health, safety, and welfare of the township.
     
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    Contact Zoning Dept. Minimize

    Peg Hartman (Zoning Administrator)

    320 Bell Road  

    Niles, MI  49120

    (269) 684-0870 ext. 20

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    Planning Commission/Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting Dates

    The Planning Commssion meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm.  If there is no business the meeting may be cancelled. 

    The ZBA meets twice a year and as needed to hear appeals and variance requests.

     
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