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Freedom of Information Act

The Freedom of Information Act applies to nearly all records of a planning/zoning department, planning commissions, zoning boards, zoning boards of appeals. Includes 2014 amendments. Please make sure your copy is dated January 15, 2015 or later. 

Freedom of Information Act. (being P.A. 442 of 1976, as amended, , M.C.L. 15.231 et seq.)

Joint Municipal Planning Act

The Joint Municipal Planning Act, adopted in December, 2003, allows a city(ies), village(s), and township(s) to join together to have one Planning Commission and zoning ordinance. This version includes 2004 and 2008 amendments.

Joint Municipal Planning Act. (being P.A. 226 of 2003, as amended, M.C.L. 125.131 et seq.)

Land Division Act

The Land Division Act is the Michigan statute for dividing property (exempt divisions, divisions, bonus divisions, re-divisions, subdivisions), establishing local government review and approval of splitting a parcel of land, and is the enabling statute for county, village, city or township land division and subdivision ordinances. This version includes amendments through December 2012. Please make sure your copy is dated December 31, 2012 or later.

Land Division Act.  (being P.A. 288 of 1967, as amended, M.C.L. 560.101 et seq.)

Michigan Planning Enabling Act

The Michigan Planning Enabling Act is the enabling statute for creation of a planning commission, and local government adoption of plans, master plans, and so on. This act is for counties, townships, cities, and villages. It took effect September 1, 2008 and replaces the County Planning Act, Township Planning Act, and Municipal Planning Act. This copy includes amendments through December 23, 2010.

Michigan Planning Enabling Act. (being P.A. 33 of 2008, as amended, M.C.L. 125.3801 et seq.)

Michigan Zoning Enabling Act

The Michigan Zoning Enabling Act is the enabling statute for creation of a zoning ordinance for counties, townships, cities and villages. It took effect July 1, 2006 and replaces the County Zoning Act, Township Zoning Act, and City and Village Zoning Act. (These repealed statutes are now found in the”Old Stuff” section of this web site). This copy includes amendments through December, 2014.

Michigan Zoning Enabling Act

Open Meetings Act

The Open Meeting act applies to planning commissions, zoning boards, zoning boards of appeals, and virtually all deliberations and voting at those meetings.

Open Meetings Act. (being P.A. 267 of 1976, as amended, , M.C.L. 15.261 et seq.)

Regional Planning Act

The Regional Planning Act is the enabling statute for creation of regional planning commissions.  There are currently 14 in Michigan, each multiple county regions.  (Some are established as “Council of Governments”).  It is possible to have regional planning for a smaller area—such as a group of municipalities.

Regional Planning Act. (being P.A. 281 of 1945, as amended, M.C.L. 125.11 et seq.)

Michigan laws relating to planning order form

The 10th edition of Michigan Laws Relating to Planning, compiled under the direction of Mark A. Wyckoff, FAICP, Director of the Planning & Zoning Center at MSU and Senior Associate Director of the Land Policy Institute.
The book includes the text of all Michigan laws relating to local planning, zoning, subdivision regulation, and related statues as of November 2008. The new edition has 766 pages, and includes a CD with an additional 2,000+ pages of laws.

Michigan laws relating to planning order form.

Michigan laws relating to economic development and housing 2nd edition order form

The 2nd edition of Michigan Laws Relating to Economic Development, compiled under the direction of Mark A. Wyckoff, FAICP, Director of the Planning & Zoning Center at MSU, and Senior Associate Director of the MSU Land Policy Institute.
The book includes the text of all Michigan laws relating to economic development and housing as of January 1, 2009, is 736 pages and comes with a CD containing an additional 1,000+ pages of laws.

Michigan laws relating to economic development and housing 2nd edition order form.