Planning Department

Department Contact Information:
Charlevoix County Building (2nd Floor)
301 State St.
Charlevoix, MI 49720 

(231) 547-7234 

Office Hours:
  Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 12 noon & 1:00 - 5:00 pm

Kiersten Stark, Planning Director
Kathleen Fortune, Administrative Assistant

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

Parks & Recreation Plan
Solid Waste Management Plan
Hazard Mitigation Plan (Office of Emergency Mgmt)

Census Data
Benchmarks Northwest
U.S. Census Bureau

Planning & Zoning Resources
Michigan Legislature website
Helpful Hints for Your Legislative Search
MSU Extension - Planning / Zoning / Land Use
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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