Parks & Planning

Department Contact:
Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 12:00 pm & 1:00 - 5:00 pm 

(231) 547-7234 

301 State St.
Charlevoix, MI 49720 

(County Building: 2nd Floor)

Kiersten Stark, Parks & Planning Director
Mariah Penix, Parks Operations Manager
Lauren Richards, Administrative Assistant
Josh Cline, Park Maintenance Supervisor
Joe Marx, Park Maintenance Technician
Cody King, Park Maintenance Technician

What We Do:
  • Maintain and oversee the day-to-day operations of the County parks, including trails
  • Provide planning and administrative assistance to the Parks Committee for proposed new or improvements to existing County parks, including trails
  • Provide planning and administrative assistance to the Planning Commission in carrying out its functions:
    • Develop and maintain county plans
    • Review proposed new or change to Township plans and zoning ordinances
    • Review proposed new or changes to City plans
    • Review MDEQ and Corps of Engineers public notices for proposed projects affecting lakes, rivers, streams and wetlands in the county
  • Serve as an information and referral source:
    • Planning and zoning reference information
    • Census and demographic data
    • Floodplain maps
County Plans
Future Land Use Plan

Recreation Plan
Solid Waste Management Plan
Hazard Mitigation Plan (Tri-County Office of Emergency Mgmt)

Census Data
2000 - 2010 Population Change in Charlevoix County
Benchmarks Northwest
U.S. Census Bureau - American FactFinder

Planning & Zoning Resources
Michigan Legislature website
Helpful Hints for Your Legislative Search
MSU Extension - Land Use / Planning / Zoning
MSU Citizen Planner Program
Planner's Moments Video Series
Regional Planning Office (Networks Northwest) 
Michigan Association of Planning
American Planning Association

Other Helpful Websites
Michigan Townships Association 
Michigan Municipal League 
Michigan Association of Counties 
FEMA Flood Map Service Center 

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